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With some “working around” the knot can be changed from right-handed to left-handed. [9] amplitude (noun): from Latin amplus “large, wide, spacious, roomy,” of unknown prior origin. As used in connection with periodic functions, amplitude refers not to the width of a curve but to its maximum height. As used with complex numbers, the word refers neither to width nor height, but rather to the angle that the radius makes with the positive horizontal axis. ” The more basic word is allos “other,” from the Indo-European root al- “beyond,” as seen in native English else.

In arithmetic, borrowing often takes place as part of the standard subtraction algorithm. ” That’s why we were taught that after borrowing we should add 1 to the digit next left in the subtrahend, whereas most students today are told to subtract 1 from the digit next left in the minuend. ” The same root is found in the Latin borrowings profound (deep) and fundamental (forming the base of something). ), many English speakers call it the bottom, which is a much simpler word.

T. Moutard (1827–1901) first discussed the concept in 1864. The English mathematician James Joseph Sylvester (1814–1897) used the term anallagmatic to refer to checkerboard-type arrays in which the squares are colored with two colors in such a way that whenever any two rows or columns are put next to each other, half the adjacent cells match and half don’t; in other words, the half-half matching is never altered. ” The second component is logos “proportion, word,” from the Indo-European root leg- “to collect,” with derivative meanings having to do with collecting one’s thoughts and putting them into words.

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