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[hek-suh-gon, -guh n] /ˈhɛk səˌgɒn, -gən/
a polygon having six angles and six sides.
Origin of hexagon
From the Greek word hexágōnon, dating back to 1560-70. See hexa-, -gon Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • To file a hexagon, or six-sided nut will be a good test with a file.

  • For a hexagon head we have the processes, Figures 170 and 171.

  • Of these three geometrical figures, the hexagon most completely unites.

    The Book of Sports: William Martin
  • Of the three figures, the hexagon is the most proper for convenience and strength.

    Animal Intelligence George J. Romanes
  • Why, in the infinity of polygons, has the instinct of these insects only chosen one hexagon?

    Everyday Objects W. H. Davenport Adams
  • When the six sides are completed, prepare the hexagon baseboard to suit.

    Rustic Carpentry Paul N. Hasluck
  • Have an assortment, in different sizes, of both the square and the hexagon nuts.

    Farm Mechanics Herbert A. Shearer
  • For a hexagon nut this angle may be shown to be one of 15°, as in Fig. 444.

  • In this case, for example, we have "hexagon" from the Greek words for "six" and "angle."

    The Teaching of Geometry David Eugene Smith
British Dictionary definitions for hexagon


a polygon having six sides
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Word Origin and History for hexagon

1560s, from Latin hexagonum, from Greek hexagonon, from hex "six" (see hexa-) + gonia "angle" (see knee (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hexagon in Science
A polygon having six sides.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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hexagon in Culture

hexagon definition

A polygon having six sides.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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