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The First Proposition of Book XII. will be found at p. 364,
1. A point is that which has position, but no magnitude. 2. A line is that which has length without breadth.
3. The extremities of a line are points, and the intersection of two lines is a point.
4. A straight line is that which lies evenly between its extreme points.
Any portion cut off from a straight line is called a segment of it.
5. A surface (or superficies) is that which has length and breadth, but no thickness.
6. The boundaries of a surface are lines.
7. A plane surface is one in which any two points being 2. taken, the straight line between them lies wholly in that
A plane surface is frequently referred to simply as a plane.
NOTE. Euclid regards a point merely as a mark of position, and he therefore attaches to it no idea of size and shape.
Similarly he considers that the properties of a line arise only from its length and position, without reference to that minute breadth which every line must really have if actually drawn, even though the most perfect instruments are used.
The definition of a surface is to be understood in a similar way,