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sesquialterate

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English

Adjective

sesquialterate (not comparable)

Positive
sesquialterate

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. (mathematics) A ratio of one and a half to one. Found in mathematical texts, but rarely used by modern writers.


Usage notes

Used by Sir Isaac Newton in works such as his Principia, Galileo and Dialogues.

Quotations

  • 1859. Frances Power Cobbe. An Essay on Intuitive Morals: Being an Attempt to Popularize Ethical Science, page 84:
    People ignorant of geometry did not know the sesquialterate ratio of the sphere, cylinder, and cone, and therefor no man could know it....

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