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Adjectivesesquialterate (not comparable)
- (mathematics) A ratio of one and a half to one. Found in mathematical texts, but rarely used by modern writers.
Used by Sir Isaac Newton in works such as his Principia, Galileo and Dialogues.
- 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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