- of, relating to, or having the form of a hexagon.
- having a hexagon as a base or cross section: a hexagonal prism.
- divided into hexagons, as a surface.
- Crystallography. noting or pertaining to a system of crystallization in which three equal axes intersect at angles of 60° on one plane, and the fourth axis, of a different length, intersects them perpendicularly.
Origin of hexagonal
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Examples from the Web for hexagonal
One of them he found in a dark crevice had a hexagonal shape that puzzled him.All Day September
I will venture to assign a new reason for the hexagonal form.Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee
L. L. Langstroth
The pagoda is hexagonal, and counts seven stories and twenty-eight windows.Borneo and the Indian Archipelago
Frank S. Marryat
It will be observed that all the forms have a hexagonal character.
The hexagonal one contained the rooms where Queen Mary was imprisoned.Rollo in Scotland
- having six sides and six angles
- of or relating to a hexagon
- crystallog relating or belonging to the crystal system characterized by three equal coplanar axes inclined at 60° to each other and a fourth longer or shorter axis at right angles to their planeSee also trigonal
Word Origin and History for hexagonal
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Having six sides.
- Relating to a crystal having three axes of equal length intersecting at angles of 60° in one plane, and a fourth axis of a different length that is perpendicular to this plane. The mineral calcite has hexagonal crystals. See illustration at crystal.
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