# What Is a Triangle?

## What Is a Triangle?

A triangle is a 2-dimensional shape with three sides and three angles. ### Dictionary Definition

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a triangle as "a figure (usually, a plane rectilineal figure) having three angles and three sides."

## Types of Triangle

There are different types of triangle.

Triangles can be classified by lengths of sides or by angles.

### By Lengths of Sides

Triangles can be classified as equilateral, isosceles or scalene depending on whether 3, 2 or 0 side lengths and angles are equal. ### By Angles

Triangles can be classified as acute, obtuse or right triangles depending on whether all angles are acute (less than 90°), one angle is obtuse (more than 90°) or one angle is a right angle (90°). ## Properties of Triangles

### Area of a Triangle

The area of a triangle is found using the formula: In this formula, b is the length of the base of the triangle and h is the height of the triangle.

Read more about how to find the area of a triangle

### Interior Angles of a Triangle

The interior angles of a triangle add up to 180°. Read more about the interior angles of a triangle

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