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From New Latin tensor (“that which stretches”). Anatomical sense from 1704. In the 1840s introduced by William Rowan Hamilton as an algebraic quantity unrelated to the modern notion of tensor. The contemporary mathematical meaning was introduced (as German Tensor) by Woldemar Voigt (1898) and adopted in English from 1915 (in the context of General Relativity), obscuring the earlier Hamiltonian sense. The mathematical object is so named because an early application of tensors was the study of materials stretching under tension.
- Hyphenation: ten‧sor
- Rhymes: -ɛnsə(ɹ)
tensor (not comparable)
- Of or relating to tensors
tensor (plural tensors)
- (anatomy) A muscle that stretches a part, or renders it tense.
- (mathematics, physics) A mathematical object describing linear relations (may be represented as a multidimensional array).
- (mathematics) (obsolete) A norm operation on the quaternion algebra
- ^ W. Voigt, Die fundamentalen physikalischen Eigenschaften der Krystalle in elementarer Darstellung, Leipzig, Germany: Veit & Co., 1898, p. 20.
- ^ Rowland, Todd and Weisstein, Eric W., "Tensor", Wolfram MathWorld.
- To compute the tensor product of two tensors.
tensor m inan
- (mathematics) tensor
tensor m (plural tensores)
- (mathematics) tensor; a function which is linear in all variables
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