Definition of scalene in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskeɪliːn/


(Of a triangle) having sides unequal in length.
Example sentences
  • The most interesting results show, with a very ingenious proof, that an equilateral triangle has a greater area than any isosceles or scalene triangle with the same perimeter.
  • The dialogue elaborates an account of the world wherein the four different basic kinds of matter - earth, air, fire, and water - are regular solids composed from plane figures: isosceles and scalene right-angled triangles.


1 (also scalene muscle) Anatomy another term for scalenus.
Example sentences
  • Typically the anterior scalene arises from the fourth, fifth and sixth cervical vertebrae (anterior tubercles), occasionally from the third, and rarely from the seventh.
  • It may perforate the middle and posterior scalene muscles; these two muscles usually form a common mass.
  • Single motor unit activity in the diaphragm and scalenes was recorded with monopolar electrodes, using methods reported previously.
2A scalene triangle.


Mid 17th century: via late Latin from Greek skalēnos 'unequal'; related to skolios 'bent'.

Words that rhyme with scalene

Aileen, Raelene

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