Definition of "trapezium" [tra•pe•zi•um]

  • A quadrilateral having no parallel sides. (noun)
  • Chiefly British A trapezoid. (noun)
  • A bone in the wrist at the base of the thumb. (noun)

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Use "trapezium" in a sentence
  • "Rosse himself writing to Professor Nichol, in 1846, "I may safely say there can be little, if any, doubt as to the resolvability of the nebula; -- all about the trapezium is a mass of stars, the rest of the nebula also abounding with stars, and exhibiting the characteristics of resolvability strongly marked.""
  • "Orionis, also called the trapezium of Orion) is in itself the most striking multiple star in the whole heavens."
  • "But for better or worse, they thrived down here, especially in what is known as Cajun country, the geocultural trapezium whose points are New Orleans, Houma, Cameron, and Lafayette."