Meaning of TRIANGLE in English
n. 1 a plane figure with three sides and angles. 2 any three things not in a straight line, with imaginary lines joining them. 3 an implement of this shape. 4 a musical instrument consisting of a steel rod bent into a triangle and sounded by striking it with a small steel rod. 5 a situation, esp. an emotional relationship, involving three people. 6 a right-angled triangle of wood etc. as a drawing-implement. 7 Naut. a device of three spars for raising weights. 8 hist. a frame of three halberds joined at the top to which a soldier was bound for flogging. triangle of forces a triangle whose sides represent in magnitude and direction three forces in equilibrium.
[ ME f. OF triangle or L triangulum neut. of triangulus three-cornered (as TRI-, ANGLE(1)) ]
Concise Oxford English dictionary. Краткий оксфордский словарь английского языка. 2012