Definition: 4.1: Rectilinear Figure Inscribed in Another Rectilinear Figure

A rectilinear figure is said to be inscribed in a(nother) rectilinear figure when the respective angles of the inscribed figure touch the respective sides of the (figure) in which it is inscribed.

Modern Formulation

A rectilinear figure (\(n\)-sided figure, \(n \ge 3\)) is said to be inscribed in another when all its vertices are on the sides of the figure in which it is said to be inscribed.


The \(4\)-sided figure \( E F G H \) is inscribed in the \(4\)-sided figure \( A B C D \):


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  1. Fitzpatrick, Richard: Euclid's "Elements of Geometry"

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  1. Prime.mover and others: "Pr∞fWiki",, 2016