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Suverans2's picture

Quick, anyone, without looking it up, what's the word "orthogonal" mean?

Evan's picture

At right angles to? Or something like that?

In terms of concepts, it means irrelevant or beside the point.

Suverans2's picture

G'day Evan,

If you truly did that without looking it up, go to the head of the class. Two out of four, is certainly better than I did, which was none out of four; I had to look it up.

Quick definitions from WordNet (orthogonal)

▸ adjective: [1]having a set of mutually perpendicular axes; [2] meeting at right angles ("Wind and sea may displace the ship's center of gravity along three orthogonal axes")
▸ adjective: [3]statistically unrelated
▸ adjective: [4] not pertinent to the matter under consideration

Evan's picture

A friend of mine recently introduced me to the concept, and so naturally I see the word everywhere now. Strange how that happens... you can go years without ever seeing a word, (or if you do your brain just conveniently forgets it,) and then when you learn it you notice it all over the place.