#19. Triangulate

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#19. Triangulate:
(11 letters | 4 syllables)
(scrabble score – 12)

1 | verb | divide into triangles or give a triangular form to
2 | verb | measure by using trigonometry
3 | verb | survey by triangulation
4 | adjective | composed of or marked with triangles
(Wolfram Alpha)

1 [WITH OBJECT] Divide (an area) into triangles for surveying purposes.

1.1 Measure and map (an area) by the use of triangles with a known base length and base angles.

1.2. Determine (a height, distance, or location) by the use of triangles (pythagorean methodology)

1 [WITH OBJECT] Divide (an area) into triangles for surveying purposes.

1.1Measure and map (an area) by the use of triangles with a known base length and base angles.
1.2 Determine (a height, distance, or location) by the use
[NO OBJECT] chiefly US (In politics) position oneself in such a way as to appeal to or appease both left-wing and right-wing standpoints:
“will the president decide to triangulate?”
(Dictionaries)

Origin and Etymology of triangulate
Medieval Latin triangulatus, past participle of triangulare to make triangles, from Latin triangulum

First Known Use: 1766
(Merriam Webster)

Research Triangulation:

You wish to measure the distance from your current location to a landmark across the field. You measure exactly the distance between two points at your current location (this defines the base line of a triangle) and then the angles between that base line and the two other sides of the triangle formed by drawing a line from each side of the base line to the distant landmark. Given the length of the base line and measurement of the two base angles, you can compute the distance to the landmark.
In a similar fashion a social scientist may better be able to describe/measure/manipulate/understand a concept if she can look at it from two (or more) different perspectives. If I reach essentially the same conclusion from a second perspective that I did from the first perspective, I likely will feel more comfortable with my conclusion, as if I have validated the first conclusion by checking from a different angle and seeing the same thing again. Such “research triangulation” may take many different forms in the social sciences

Dr. Karl Aunhmmm
Research Triangulation

Triangulation is a situation in which one family member will not communicate directly with another family member, but will communicate with a third family member, which can lead to the third family member becoming part of the triangle. The concept originated in the study of dysfunctional family systems, but can describe behaviors in other systems as well, including work.
(triangulation)

A few interesting sites:

Triangulation, an Art Website
Torture by Triangulation. Website devoted to making people aware of psychopathy.
Triangulation communication mechanism, or playing two people off against one another.

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