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Definition of "triangulate" [tri•an•gu•late]

  • To divide into triangles. (verb-transitive)
  • To survey by triangulation. (verb-transitive)
  • To make triangular. (verb-transitive)
  • To measure by using trigonometry. (verb-transitive)
  • Of or relating to triangles; triangular. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "triangulate" in a sentence
  • "To triangulate or not to triangulate, that is the White House's question, report Laura Meckler and Peter Wallsten: Strategists in both parties see two options for President Barack Obama."
  • "He'll be tempted to "triangulate" as Clinton did in the 1990s and with the same results: weakening the Democratic Party coalition that brought him to power by demoralizing its base."
  • "Derek Burney stated, "Attempts to 'triangulate' in recent years, by bringing in Mexico, have produced little of substance and allowed attention to be diverted from more pressing bilateral concerns.""