Triad vs Triangle - What's the difference?

triad | triangle |

As a noun triad

is a grouping of three.

As a proper noun triangle is

the area comprising the cities of used with "the" except when attributive.




(en noun)
  • A grouping of three.
  • (music) A chord consisting of a root tone, the tone two degrees higher, and the tone four degrees higher in a given scale.
  • (electronics) on a CRT display, a group of three neighbouring phosphor dots, coloured green, red, and blue.
  • A branch of a Chinese underground criminal society, mostly based in Hong Kong.
  • Synonyms

    * (group of three) threesome, trine, trinity, trio, triplet, troika, triumvirate

    See also

    * monad * dyad * mafia * tong * yakuza * ("triad" on Wikipedia)






    (en noun)
  • (geometry) A polygon with three sides and three angles.
  • (music) A percussion instrument made by forming a metal rod into a triangular shape which is open at one angle. It is suspended from a string and hit with a metal bar to make a resonant sound.
  • (cue sports) A triangular piece of equipment used for gathering the balls into the formation required by the game being played.
  • A love triangle.
  • * 2009 , Neil McDonald, Quadrant , November 2009, No. 461 (Volume LIII, Number 11), Quadrant Magazine Limited, page 104:
  • One of the writers' most pleasing inventions was to treat the triangle love story as comedy.
  • (systemics) The structure of systems composed with three interrelated objects.
  • A draughtsman's square in the form of a right-angled triangle.
  • (historical) A frame formed of three poles stuck in the ground and united at the top, to which soldiers were bound when undergoing corporal punishment.
  • Synonyms

    * (polygon) trigon (rare) * (love triangle) love triangle, * See also

    Derived terms

    * acute-angled triangle * acute triangle * anal triangle * Bermuda Triangle * black triangle * circular triangle * cyclic triangle * Devil's Triangle * equilateral triangle * eternal triangle * femoral triangle * golden triangle * Golden Triangle * isosceles triangle * love triangle * North Atlantic Triangle * obtuse-angled triangle * obtuse triangle * Pascal's triangle * Polynesian Triangle * pubic triangle * Reuleaux triangle * right-angled triangle * right triangle * scalene triangle * set triangle * Sierpinski triangle * spherical triangle * star-triangle relation * Sunni Triangle * triangle choke * triangle inequality * triangle offense * triangle piercing * triangle test * triangle wave * triangular * triangular distribution * triangular function * triangular prism * triangulate * triangulation


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