# tuple

*See also:*

**-tuple**

## Contents

## EnglishEdit

### EtymologyEdit

From the ending of the words *quintuple*, *sextuple*; from Latin *-plus*.

### PronunciationEdit

### NounEdit

**tuple** (*plural* **tuples**)

- (set theory) A finite sequence of terms.
*A***tuple**is not merely a totally-ordered set because the same element can appear more than once in a**tuple**: for example, qualifies as a 3-**tuple**whereas it would not qualify as a totally-ordered set (of cardinality 3), because the set would be where and so that ; i.e., it would actually be a one-element set, , not even just two-element.*If commutativity were added to a tuple, it would turn into a multiset or "bag". For example, words (of some alphabetic language) can be considered to be tuples of letters. If the ordering requirement on those letters were lifted, then the word would become a multiset of letters equivalent to those of its anagrams.*

- (computing) A single row in a relational database.
- (computing) A set of comma-separated values passed to a program or operating system as a parameter to a function call.
- (computing) In some programming languages, a data type that is similar but distinct from the list data type, whose instances are characterized by having a rather fixed arity, and the elements of which instances can differ from each other by data type. (
*Note*: this definition may overlap with the previous one.)

#### SynonymsEdit

- (finite sequence of terms):
*n*-tuple (*when the sequence contains*n*terms*), ordered pair (*when the sequence contains exactly two terms*), triple*or*triplet (*when the sequence contains exactly three terms*)

#### Related termsEdit

#### TranslationsEdit

in set theory

row (record) in a database

set of values passed as a parameter