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geometric

[jee-uh-me-trik] /ˌdʒi əˈmɛ trɪk/
adjective, Also, geometrical
1.
of or relating to geometry or to the principles of geometry.
2.
resembling or employing the simple rectilinear or curvilinear lines or figures used in geometry.
3.
of or relating to painting, sculpture, or ornamentation of predominantly geometric characteristics.
4.
(often initial capital letter) Fine Arts.
  1. pertaining to or designating a style of vase painting developed in Greece between the 10th and 8th centuries b.c., characterized chiefly by rectilinear or curvilinear shapes in abstract and human figuration, often arranged in tiers or panels around the vase.
  2. designating a style of Greek sculpture of approximately the same period, exemplified chiefly in small figurines or reliefs having a schematic and generalized treatment of the human form.
noun
5.
a geometric pattern, design, etc.:
an ornate and handsome geometric.
Origin of geometric
1620-1630
1620-30; < Latin geōmetricus < Greek geōmetrikós, equivalent to geométr(ēs) (see geometer) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
geometrically, adverb
nongeometric, adjective
nongeometrical, adjective
nongeometrically, adverb
semigeometric, adjective
semigeometrical, adjective
semigeometrically, adverb
subgeometric, adjective
subgeometrical, adjective
subgeometrically, adverb
ungeometric, adjective
ungeometrical, adjective
ungeometrically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for geometrical
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  • When he was tired he rested himself by the solving of a geometrical problem.

    A Boy I Knew and Four Dogs Laurence Hutton
  • The geometrical construction is that of the pendentives of all domes.

    Byzantine Churches in Constantinople Alexander Van Millingen
  • This entire number is geometrical and contains the rule or law of generation.

    The Republic Plato
  • There are forces in the world which work, not in an arithmetical, but in a geometrical ratio of increase.

    The Republic Plato
  • We advance not in arithmetical but in geometrical progression.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • Let us now assign the geometrical forms to their respective elements.

    Timaeus Plato
  • Or, how could the surfaces of geometrical figures have formed solids?

    Timaeus Plato
  • Are they not divided by an interval which no geometrical ratio can express?

    Statesman Plato
  • He proceeds with geometrical exactness in all his transactions.

British Dictionary definitions for geometrical

geometric

/ˌdʒɪəˈmɛtrɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or following the methods and principles of geometry
2.
consisting of, formed by, or characterized by points, lines, curves, or surfaces: a geometric figure
3.
(of design or ornamentation) composed predominantly of simple geometric forms, such as circles, rectangles, triangles, etc
Derived Forms
geometrically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for geometrical
adj.

late 14c., from Latin geometricus "of geometry," from geometria (see geometry) + -al. Opposed to arithmetical in ratio, proportion, etc., reflecting the fact that problems of multiplication formerly were dealt with by geometry, not arithmetic. Related: Geometrically.

geometric

adj.

1620s, shortened form of geometrical. As a style of ancient Greek pottery and associated culture, 1902.

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