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[adj. trahy-ang-gyuh-lit, -leyt; v. trahy-ang-gyuh-leyt] /adj. traɪˈæŋ gyə lɪt, -ˌleɪt; v. traɪˈæŋ gyəˌleɪt/
composed of or marked with triangles.
verb (used with object), triangulated, triangulating.
to make triangular.
to divide into triangles.
to survey (an area) by triangulation.
Origin of triangulate
1600-10; < Medieval Latin triangulātus, past participle of triangulāre to make triangles. See triangle, -ate1
Related forms
triangulator, noun
subtriangulate, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for triangulate
  • When a seizure occurs, doctors triangulate the origin of the aberrant electrical activity.
  • The ships set out transponders that the subs use to triangulate their position from the ships.
  • None had any means by which to triangulate such a spectacle into a vision even remotely resembling the modern one.
  • Previously, trucks had to wait until enough calls came in to let them triangulate the location of an outage.
  • It sends a signal to a satellite allowing scientists to triangulate the bird's position.
  • The researchers compare genetic markers from the tusks with the genetic-variability map and triangulate the source of the ivory.
  • Of course, if you want to use the phone, they can triangulate and pinpoint you with the cell towers during the call itself.
  • The bees, it appears, are able to triangulate as well as a civil engineer.
  • Since there are four cameras in the network, they could triangulate on the meteor, getting its height off the ground.
  • The data was sent to central processing unit, where input from a number of sensors was used to triangulate a solution.
British Dictionary definitions for triangulate


verb (transitive) (traɪˈæŋɡjʊˌleɪt)
  1. to survey by the method of triangulation
  2. to calculate trigonometrically
to divide into triangles
to make triangular
adjective (traɪˈæŋɡjʊlɪt; -ˌleɪt)
marked with or composed of triangles
Derived Forms
triangulately, adverb
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Word Origin and History for triangulate

1833, originally in surveying," from Latin triangulum (see triangle) + -ate (2). Related: Triangulated; triangulating. Figurative use by 1860.

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