Pronunciation: /ˌkɒr.əˈspɒn.dɪŋ/ Explain

Features on two geometric figures are corresponding features if they are identical in all important respects.[1]

Using figure 1, if the length of side AD is the same as the length of side EH then line segments AD and EH are corresponding line segments and we say AD corresponds to EH.

Quadrilaterals with corresponding sides.
Figure 1: Quadrilaterals with corresponding sides.

Elements of two matrices are corresponding if they are in the same row and column. In figure 2, corresponding elements are the same color. Notice that corresponding elements may not have the same value.

Two matrices with corresponding elements.
Figure 2: Corresponding elements of matrices.


  1. McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, corresponding. 2nd Classroom edition 20150108-4799968. pg 48. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book
  2. Theresa R. Fitzgerald. Corresponding Parts. pg 48. Math Dictionary for Kids. Prufrock Press. October 1, 2005. Last Accessed 6/25/2018. Buy the book

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McAdams, David E. Corresponding. 12/21/2018. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC.

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12/21/2018: Reviewed and corrected IPA pronunication. (McAdams, David E.)
6/25/2018: Removed broken links, updated license, implemented new markup, updated GeoGebra apps. (McAdams, David E.)
1/21/2010: Added "References". (McAdams, David E.)
7/11/2008: Changed figure 1 to corresponding quadrilaterals. (McAdams, David E.)
3/25/2008: Changed More Information to match current standard. (McAdams, David E.)
3/11/2008: Added references to corresponding elements of matrices. (McAdams, David E.)
7/12/2007: Initial version. (McAdams, David E.)

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