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 (tĕn′sər, -sôr′)
1. Anatomy A muscle that stretches or tightens a body part.
2. Mathematics A set of quantities that obey certain transformation laws relating the bases in one generalized coordinate system to those of another and involving partial derivative sums. Vectors are simple tensors.

[New Latin tēnsor, from Latin tēnsus, past participle of tendere, to stretch; see tense1.]

ten·so′ri·al (-sôr′ē-əl) adj.
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(ˈtɛnsə; -sɔː)
1. (Anatomy) anatomy any muscle that can cause a part to become firm or tense
2. (Mathematics) maths a set of components, functions of the coordinates of any point in space, that transform linearly between coordinate systems. For three-dimensional space there are 3r components, where r is the rank. A tensor of zero rank is a scalar, of rank one, a vector
[C18: from New Latin, literally: a stretcher]
tensorial adj
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(ˈtɛn sər, -sɔr)

1. a muscle that stretches or tightens some part of the body.
2. a mathematical entity with components that change in a particular way in a transformation from one coordinate system to another.
[1695–1705; < New Latin: stretcher = Latin tend(ere) to stretch (compare tend1) + -tor -tor]
ten•so′ri•al (-ˈsɔr i əl, -ˈsoʊr-) adj.
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Noun1.tensor - a generalization of the concept of a vector
variable quantity, variable - a quantity that can assume any of a set of values
2.tensor - any of several muscles that cause an attached structure to become tense or firm
muscle, musculus - one of the contractile organs of the body
tensor tympani - a small muscle in the middle ear that tenses to protect the eardrum
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tensor (muscle)

nTensor m
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Tensor Analysis for Engineers: Transformations and Applications (CD ROM Included)
Manifolds, Manifolds, tensor analysis, and applications, vol.
Their cracking modes can be determined through the moment tensor analysis [8, 9].
Although the method in [18] has taken similar steps to sharpen mesh surfaces, the improvements of our method include two aspects: (1) we avoid user-defined thresholds through graph-cut segmentation and (2) in order to avoid oversharpening geometry, a feature distance measure quantifying the distance away from the smooth region, as illustrated in Figure 2(b), is proposed based on normal tensor analysis.
Chitnis, "Diffusion tensor analysis of pediatric multiple sclerosis and clinically isolated syndromes," AJNR.
Writing for student or practicing scientists and engineers who have had some exposure to engineering mathematics and strength of materials, he explores topics in tensor analysis, elasticity in two and three dimensions, plasticity, fracture mechanics, viscoelasticity, poroelasticity, and dynamics that are relevant to modeling geomaterials.
The degree and direction of orientation at any particular location may be quantified using a second moment tensor analysis of an azimuthal intensity scan, I([beta]), extracted from a 2D WAXS pattern ([beta] is the azimuthal angle measured from the primary filling direction, see the overlay in Fig.
The authors in [16] proposed two tools, the dynamic and the streaming tensor analysis (DTA and STA) to mine and summarize large tensors and detect patterns.
Because the text avoids tensor analysis and other mathematical constructs typical of graduate courses, readers need only a senior undergraduate-level understanding of math and mechanics.
linear models [1,9], non-linear models [2,3], probabilistic techniques [5], tensor principal component analysis [8], tensor discriminant analysis [6], Tucker decomposition [7], and correlation tensor analysis [4]).
Using tensor analysis, which is extremely useful especially for three-dimensional problems in any curvilinear coordinate system, a number of researchers, including Fung [4], Green and Zerna [5] have developed the general theory of elasticity.