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ORTHOGONAL

 Dictionary entry overview: What does orthogonal mean? 

ORTHOGONAL (adjective)
  The adjective ORTHOGONAL has 3 senses:

1. not pertinent to the matter under consideration
2. statistically unrelated
3. having a set of mutually perpendicular axes; meeting at right angles

  Familiarity information: ORTHOGONAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ORTHOGONAL (adjective)


Sense 1orthogonal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not pertinent to the matter under consideration

Synonyms:

extraneous; orthogonal; impertinent; immaterial

Context examples:

an issue extraneous to the debate / the price was immaterial / mentioned several impertinent facts before finally coming to the point

Similar:

irrelevant (having no bearing on or connection with the subject at issue)


Sense 2orthogonal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Statistically unrelated

Similar:

unrelated (lacking a logical or causal relation)


Sense 3orthogonal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having a set of mutually perpendicular axes; meeting at right angles

Synonyms:

rectangular; orthogonal

Context examples:

wind and sea may displace the ship's center of gravity along three orthogonal axes / a rectangular Cartesian coordinate system

Similar:

perpendicular (intersecting at or forming right angles)


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