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geometric

[jee-uh-me-trik]
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adjective Also ge·o·met·ri·cal.
  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.
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noun
  1. a geometric pattern, design, etc.: an ornate and handsome geometric.
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Origin of geometric

1620–30; < Latin geōmetricus < Greek geōmetrikós, equivalent to geométr(ēs) (see geometer) + -ikos -ic
Related formsge·o·met·ri·cal·ly, adverbnon·ge·o·met·ric, adjectivenon·ge·o·met·ri·cal, adjectivenon·ge·o·met·ri·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·ge·o·met·ric, adjectivesem·i·ge·o·met·ri·cal, adjectivesem·i·ge·o·met·ri·cal·ly, adverbsub·ge·o·met·ric, adjectivesub·ge·o·met·ri·cal, adjectivesub·ge·o·met·ri·cal·ly, adverbun·ge·o·met·ric, adjectiveun·ge·o·met·ri·cal, adjectiveun·ge·o·met·ri·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for geometrical

analytical, scientific, numerical, measurable, algebraic, algorithmic, arithmetical, computative, geometrical, math

Examples from the Web for geometrical

Contemporary Examples of geometrical

Historical Examples of geometrical

  • When he was tired he rested himself by the solving of a geometrical problem.

  • The geometrical construction is that of the pendentives of all domes.

  • This entire number is geometrical and contains the rule or law of generation.

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

  • We advance not in arithmetical but in geometrical progression.


British Dictionary definitions for geometrical

geometric

geometrical

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 surfacesa geometric figure
  3. (of design or ornamentation) composed predominantly of simple geometric forms, such as circles, rectangles, triangles, etc
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Derived Formsgeometrically, 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.

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geometric

adj.

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

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