triangulate[trī aŋ′gyə lāt′; for adj., -lit, -lāt′]
transitive verbtriangulated, triangulating
- to divide into triangles
- to survey or map (a region) by triangulation
- to make triangular
Origin of triangulate; from Medieval Latin triangulatus, past participle of an unverified form triangulare ; from Classical Latin triangulum: see triangle
- of triangles; triangular
- marked with triangles
verbtri·an·gu·lat·ed, tri·an·gu·lat·ing, tri·an·gu·lates
- To divide into triangles.
- To survey by triangulation.
- To make triangular.
- To measure by using trigonometry.
- To employ geometric or surveying triangulation.
- To try to establish a new political position by triangulation.
- Of or relating to triangles; triangular.
- Made up of or marked with triangles.
(third-person singular simple present triangulates, present participle triangulating, simple past and past participle triangulated)
- to locate by means of triangulation
- to pit two others against each other in order to achieve a desired outcome or to gain an advantage; to "play both ends against the middle"