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Basic Geometrical Items

  • Points
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  • Ray
  • Angle
  • Curve
  • Circle
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Geometry Glossary


  • Abscissa  -  The distance along the x-coordinate axis to a point on the cordinate plane.
  • Acute angle  -  An angle that is more than 0° but less than 90°.
  • Adjacent angle  -  Two angles on a plane having the same vertex and a common line.
  • Adjacent side  -  Next to the angle in a general triangle or next to the angle of the hypotenuse of a right triangle.
  • Algorithm  -  A procedure used to solve a problem or a desired result.
  • Altitude  -  The shortest distance from the base to the apex.
  • Analytic geometry (coordinate geometry)  -  The study of coordinates in a two or three dimensional space.
  • Angle  -  Two rays sharing a common point.
  • Angle bisector  -  A line that divides an angle into two equal angles.
  • Angle of depression  -  An angle measured below a particular reference point.
  • Angle of elevation  -  An angle measured above a particular reference point.
  • Angle types  -  In order of ascending: Acute angle, Right angle, Obtuce angle, Straight angle, Reflex angle
  • Antipodal point  -  Two points directly opposite each other on a sphere.
  • Apex  -  The vertex at the tip of a cone or pyramid.
  • Apothem  -  A line segment from the center of a regular polygon to the mid point of a side.
  • Arc length  -  The distance along the arc or the circumference of a circle or any curve.
  • Area  -  The inside space of a figure.
  • Ascending order  -  Arranged from smallest to largest.
  • Asymmetric (asymmetrical) -  Not symmetric.
  • Asymptote  -  A line that constantly approcches a curved line but never reaches it at any distance.
  • Axes  -  A horizontal and vertical number lines that intersect at a zero point location.
  • Axiom  -  A statement accepted as true without proof.
  • Axis  -  A referencr line.
  • Axis of symmetry  -  A line through a shape so that each side is a mirror image.
  • Azimith  -  The direction of a line related to north.


  • Base  -  The bottom of a figure in either plane or solid geometry.  If the bottom and top are parallel then either can be called base.
  • Base area  -  The base surface area of a solid figure.
  • Bearing  -  An angle in degrees measured clockwise from north.
  • Bisect  -  Divide into two congruent (equal) parts.


  • Cardinality  -  The number of objects in a set.  It can either be finite set or infinite set.
  • Center of a circle  -  A point at a fixed equal distance from all points of the circumference of a circle.
  • Center of rotation  -  A point that does not move in a rotation.
  • Central angle  -  An angle in a circle with the vertex at the circle's center.
  • Centroid  -  The center of a plane or mass.
  • Cevian  -  A line or line segment that extends from a vertex of a triangle to the opposite side.
  • Chord  -  A line segment on the interior of a circle.
  • Circle  -   All points are at a fixed equal distance from a center point.
  • Circumcenter  -  The point of intersection of the perpendicular bisectors of the sides.
  • Circumscribed circle (circumcircle, outradius)  -  A circle that passes through all the vertices of a two-dimensional figure.
  • Circumscribed (outside)  -  A circle that touches every vertex.
  • Circumscribed geometry  -  The study of algorithms in terms of geometry.
  • Circumscribed sphere  -  A polyhedron is a sphere that contains the polyhedron and touches each of the ployhedron's vertices.
  • Circumference  -  The outside of a circle or a complete circular arc.
  • Collinear  -  When three or more points lie on a straight line.
  • Collinear points  -  Points that lie on the same line.
  • Complememt of an angle  -  Acute angle A (25°) + B = 90°.  Complement of 25° is 65°.
  • Complememtary angle  -  Angles that add up to 90°.
  • Composite figure  -  One figure made up from two or more geometric figures.
  • Compute  -  To figure out or evaluate.
  • Concave  -  An internal angle is greater than 180°.
  • Concentric  -  Like geometric figures that share a common center.
  • Conclusion  -  The then... part of a conditional statement to be proved.
  • Concurrent  -  Lines or curves that all intersect at a single point.
  • Conditional statement  -  An if... then... statement.
  • Cone  -  A three-dimensional figure having one circular base tapering to an apex.
  • Congruent  -  All sides having the same lengths and angles measure the same.
  • Congruent lines  -  Line segments having the same length but not necessarily the same angle.
  • Conjecture  -  A statement that might be true, but is not proven.
  • Conjugate angle  -  Angles that add up to 360°.
  • Conic section  -  A section on any plane through a circle, ellipse, hyperbola, and parabola.
  • Converse  -  A conditional statement (if... then...) made be switched with parts of another statement.
  • Convex  -  No internal angle is greater than 180°.
  • Coordinate  -  Any point on a plane.
  • Coordinate plane  -  A plane having a horizontal and vertical axis number line intersecting at the origin.
  • Coplanar  -  Lines and points lying on the same plane.
  • Coplanar points  -  Points that lying on the same plane.
  • Corollary  -  A theroem that follows on from another theroem.
  • Cross section  -  A three-dimensional solid figure that is intersected by a plane creating a two-dimensional figure.
  • Cylinder  -  A three-dimensional figure having two circular parallel congruent bases.


  • Degree  -  When an angle goes all the way around a circle it is divided equal to 360 degrees.
  • Descending order  -  Arranged from largest to smallest.
  • Differential  -  Deals with smooth curvy objects and their properties.
  • Diagonal  -  A line from one vertices to another that is non adjacent.
  • Diameter  -  The distance across the center of a circle.
  • Directrix  -  The path followed by a point or line when moving.


  • Edge  -  A line where two or more vertices come together.
  • Elastic section modulus (S)  -  A single parameter that measures a cross-section's strength in bending.
  • Ellipse  -  A two-dimensional figure with a conic section or a stretched circle.
  • Ellipsoid  -  A three-dimensional figure sphere like surface for which all cross sections are ellipses.
  • Empty set  -  A set with no objects.
  • Equilateral  -  All the sides of a polygon are the same length.
  • Euclidean Geometry  -  The study of plane and solid figures.
  • Euler line  -  The centroid, circumcenter, and orthocenter of any triangle always lies on a straight line.
  • Euler's number  -  \(\large{ e = 2.7182818284590452353602874713527 ... }\) a dimensionless number
  • Expression  -  Any combination of numbers and variables used to create a mathematical expression or formula.
  • Exterior angle  -  An angle on the exterior of two rays of a plane figure.


  • Face  -  Any flat surface of a solid figure.
  • Foci  -  Two fixed points on the interior of an ellipse used to define the curve.
  • Focus  -  The points that construct a conic section.
  • Full angle  -  An angle that measures 360°.


  • Geodesic  -  The shortest distance between two points of a line segment on a sphere or other curved surface.
  • Geometric properties  -  Characteristics of geometric figures supported by these statements: definations, postulates, theorems, and corollaries.
  • Golden Angle  -  The smaller of two angles created by sectioning the circumference of a circle according to the golder ratio.
  • Golden ratio (divine porportion, golden mean, golden section)  -  A mathematical ratio commonly found in nature and design.  \(\large{ \varphi=1 : 1.6180339887... }\)
  • Generatrix  -  A point or line when moved along a certain path creates a new shape.
  • Geometric figure  -  Any set of points on a plane or in space (arc, circle, line, plane figure, point, solid figure, etc.).


  • Hexahedron  -  Any polyhedron with six faces.
  • Horizontal  -  Parallel to a flat or level surface of the earth.
  • Horizontal line  -  A line extending left or right but not up or down.
  • Hyporenuse  -  The side of right triangle opposite the right angle, which is the longest side.
  • Hypothesis  -  A tentative statement that might be true.  Identify the problem, research the problem, then make a proposed solution to the problem.


  • Incenter  -  The point where the angle bisectors meet for a regular polygon or triangle.
  • Incircle  -  A circle that touches all lines of a figure.
  • Initial side of an angle  -  The inside of a ray of an x-axis of an angle.
  • Inradius  -  The radius of a inscribed circle.
  • Inscribed (inside)  -  A sphere that touches the center of every faces.
  • Inscribed angle  -  An angle inside a circle with its vertex in the circle.
  • Inscribed circle  -  The largest circle possible that can fit on the inside of a two-dimensional figure.
  • Inscribed sphere (insphere)  -  A convex polyhedron is a sphere that is contained within the polyhedron and tangent to each of the polyhedron's faces.
  • Inside angle  -  An angle on the interior of two rays of a plane figure.
  • Interior angle  -  An angle on the interior of two rays of a plane figure.
  • Intersecting lines  -  Lines that have only point in common.
  • Interval  -  The region or space between two defined values.
  • Inverse statement  -  Disaliow both the hypohesis and conclusion of the origional statement.
  • Isometric  -  A representation of a three-dimensional figure where all three sides can be seen.




  • Lateral surface area (lateral surface)  -  The surface area of a solid figure excluding the area bases of the solid figure, just the sides.
  • Line  -  A straight path connecting two points.
  • Line segment (segment)  -  All points bertween two points.
  • Line segment bisector  -  A line or line segment that cuts another line segment into two equal parts.
  • Linear pair  -  An interior angle combined with an exterior angle sharing the same side.
  • Locus  -  A set of points that form a geometric figure or graph.
  • Long diagonal  -  Always crosses the center point of the figure.


  • Major arc  -  The longest of two arcs of a circle or ellipse.
  • Major axis  -  The longest axis of a circle or ellipse.
  • Mean  -  Another word for average.
  • Median  -  The middle number in a data set.
  • Median of a trapezoid  -  A line segment from the midpoint of the legs of a trapezoid.
  • Median of a triangle  -  A line segment from a vertex (corner point) to the midpoint of the opposite side.
  • Menelaus's theorem  -  The way two cevians of a triangle divide each other and two of the triangle's sides.
  • Midpoint  -  A point on a line segment that divides the segment into two congruent segments.
  • Midsphere  -  A polyhedron is a sphere that is tangent to every edge of the polyhedron.
  • Minor arc  -  The shorter of two arcs of a circle or ellipse.
  • Minor axis  -  Always the shortest axis of a circle or ellipse.
  • Mixed number  -  A number written as a whole number and a fraction.


  • Non-collinear  -  Points that do not all lie on the same line.
  • Non-collinear points  -  Points that do not all lie on the same line.
  • Non-coplanar points  -  Points that do not all lie on the same plane.
  • Non-polyhedron  -  Has a solid with curved edges or sides.
  • Normal  -  In math it means to be at right angles.


  • Oblique  -  Tilted at an angle, not horizontal or vertical.
  • Oblique cone  -  A three-dimensional figure with the apex not alligned above the center at 90° to the base.
  • Oblique cylinder  -  A three-dimensional figure with both bases not alligned above each other and the center not at 90° to the other base center.
  • Oblique line  -  A line not horizontal or vertical.
  • Oblique prism  -  A three-dimensional figure with both bases not alligned above each other and the center not at 90° to the other base center.
  • Oblique pyramid  -  A three-dimensional figure with the apex not alligned above the center at 90° to the base.
  • Obtuse angle  -  An angle that is more than 90° but less than 180°.
  • Opposite angle (vertical angle)  -  The opposite angles when two lines intersect.
  • Opposite leg  -  The leg of a right triangles opposite from the reference angle.
  • Ordinate  -  The distance along the y-coordinate axis to a point on the cordinate plane.
  • Origin  -  The intersection point (0, 0) of horizontal and vertical number lines.
  • Outlier  -  A data point in a data set that is far outside of an established pattern.


  • Parallel lines  -  Two lines that do not intersect.
  • Parallel planes  -  Two planes that do not intersect.
  • Perimeter  -  The sum of the lengths of all sides of a plane figure.
  • Perpendicular bisector  -  A line perpendicular to a segment passing through the segment's midpoint.
  • Pi  -  \(\large{ \pi=3.1415926535 ... }\)
  • Plane  -  An infinate expanse of points in two directions.
  • Plane geometry  -  A two dimensional figure, also called planar geometry, with edges.  The edges are line segments or edges and curve segments or arcs, all lying on a flat plane.
  • Plastic section modulus (Z)  -  Used to determine the limit state of a structural beam defined as the point when the entire cross-section has yielded.
  • Platonic solid  -  A three-dimensional figure where each face is a regular polygon.  There are five, cube, dodecahedron, icosahedron, octahedron, and tetrahedron.
  • Point  -  A single location or the intersection of two lines.
  • Polygon  -  A closed plane figure for which all edges are line segments and not necessarly congruent.
  • Polyhedron  -  A three-dimensional figure that is a solid with no curved edges or sides.
  • Porportional  -  Having a constant ratio.
  • Prism  -  A three-dimensional figure with two parallel ends that are exactly the same.
  • Pyramid  -  A three-dimensional figure that is a polyhedron with a polygonal base and lateral faces that taper to an apex.


  • Quadrants  -  Four sections divided by the x and y axis on the x-y plane.  Quadrant I is the upper right, Quadrant II is the upper left, Quadrant III is the lower left, and Quadrant IV is the lower right,
  • Quotient  -  The answer after dividing one number or expression by another.


  • Radian  -   There are 360 degrees in a circle and 2 \(\pi\) radians in a circle.
  • Radical  -  A square root. 
  • Radius  -  A line segment between the center point and a point on a circle or sphere.
  • Range  -  The difference between the largest and smallest nunbers in a data set.
  • Ray  -  A line starting at a point and extending infinitely in one direction.
  • Rectangular angle  -  Two rectangles with different lengths that intersect at a 90° angle at one end each.
  • Reference angle  -  The smallest angle that the terminal side of a given angle makes with the x-axes.
  • Reflection of a line section  -  Every point on a line segment appears an equal distance on the other side of a line.
  • Reflex angle  -  An angle that is more than 180° but less than 360°.
  • Right angle  -  An angle that is 90°.


  • Sagitta  -  The perpendicular from the midpoint of the arc's chord to the arc itself.
  • Scalene  -  If no two sides have the same length.
  • Secant line  -  A line that passes through at least two points on a curve.
  • Section modulus  -  Geometric properties for a given cross-section used in design of beams or flexable members.
  • Sector of a circle  -  A sector is a fraction of the area of a circle with a radius on each side and an arc.
  • Segment (line segment)  -  All points bertween two points.
  • Semicircle  -  Half of a circle.
  • Semiperimeter  -  One half of the perimeter.
  • Set  -  A defined group of objects.
  • Side  -  Any line segment of an figure.
  • Similar  -  Identical in shape, but not necessarily the same size.
  • Skew lines  -  Lines that are not in the same plane and do not intersect.
  • Skewed data  -  Not symmetric around the mean and the data (graph) has a long tail on one or the other.
  • Short diagonal  -  Does not cross the center point of the figure.
  • Solid  -  A three dimensional figure with height, width, and depth.
  • Solid geometry  -  A three-dimensional figure with connecting edges on multiple planes.  The surface of each two-dimensional plane is called a face.
  • Straight angle  -  An angle that is 180° or pi radians. 
  • Standard position of an angle  -  An angle where its vertex is located at the origin and one ray is on the positive x-axis.  One side of the angle is always fixed along the positive x-axis.
  • Subtend  -  To be opposite to and extend from one side to the other of a hypotenuse.
  • Supplement of an angle  -  Any angle A between 0° and 180°.  A is 180° - A
  • Surface  -  A three-dimensional figure excluding internal points.
  • Surface area  -  The total area of all the surfaces of a three dimensional figure, bottom, top, and sides.
  • Symmetric (symmetrical)  -  When two or more parts are congruent or identical to each other.


  • Tangent  -  A line that touches a curve at just one point such that it is perpendicular to a radius line of the curve.
  • Terminal side of an angle  -  The inside of a ray of an angle oposite the x-axis initial side.
  • Tessellation  -  A pattern made of identical shapes.
  • Tetrahedron  -  Known as triangular pyramid.
  • Three-dimensional coordinates  -  A system for locating points in three dimension (height, width, and depth) using x, y, z coordinates.
  • Triangulation  -  By observing the direction and or distance to an object from two or more observation points, the position of an object can be located.
  • Translation  -  Moving a shape to a new location with no other changes.
  • Transversal  -  A line that intersects at least two or more lines.
  • Triangle exterior angle theorm  -  An exteroir angle is equal to the sum of the opposite interior angles.
  • Triangle inequality theorem  -  Any side of a triangle is always shorter than the sum of the other two sides.
  • Triangle inequality theorem converse  -  A triangle cannot be constructed from three line segments if any of them is longer than the sum of the other two.
  • Two-dimensional  -  A flat figure on a single plane represented by 0, 0.



  • Variable  -  A symbol used to represent a number that we do not know yet.
  • Vector  -  A quantity with both magnitude and direction.
  • Vertex  -  A point where two or more curves, edges, or lines meet.
  • Vertical  -  Perpendicular to horizontal or straight up or down.
  • Vertical angle (opposite angle)  -  The opposite angles when two lines intersect.
  • Vertical line  -  A line at a right angle to the horizon.
  • Vertices  -  Plural of vertex.
  • Volume  -  The amount of space in an solid figure.



  • x-axis  -  A horizontal number line on a grid on a two-dimensional plane.
  • x-coordinate  -  The first element  \(\large{ x }\)  in an ordered set  \(\large{ \left( x, y \right)  }\)  on a two-dimensional plane.


  • y-axis  -  A vertical number line on a grid on a two-dimensional plane.
  • y-coordinate  -  The second element  \(\large{ y }\)  in an ordered set  \(\large{ \left( x, y \right)  }\)  on a two-dimensional plane.


  • z-axis  -  You could say depth number line on a grid on a three-dimensional plane.
  • z-coordinate  -  The third element  \(\large{ z }\)  in an ordered set  \(\large{ \left( x, y, z \right)  }\)  on a three-dimensional plane.



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Acute Angle
Angle Types
Area Differential
Arm of an Angle
Chord of a Circle
Congruence of Segments
Congruent Angles
Congruent Complementary
Congruent Right Angle
Congruent Supplements
Congruent Vertical Angles
Euclid's Postulates
Exterior Angles
Geometry Postulate
Geometry Terms
Geometry Theorem