# polygon

[pol-ee-gon]

- a figure, especially a closed plane figure, having three or more, usually straight, sides.

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## Origin of polygon^{}

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## Related Words

shape, form, octagon, decagon, pentagon, triangle, quadrangle, hexagon, quadrilateral, parallelogram## Examples from the Web for polygon

### Historical Examples

#### The trace of the walls was a polygon not unlike a capital L.

A History of Art in Ancient Egypt, Vol. II (of 2)Georges Perrot

#### The Germans do not appear to have penetrated into the Polygon Wood at any point.

Ypres 1914Otto Schwink

#### The view from the Polygon monument is desolation on all sides.

The Challenge of the DeadStephen Graham

#### There was room there for making every sort of triangle or polygon.

Insect AdventuresJ. Henri Fabre

#### For this polygon the other three problems mentioned are not solved.

## polygon

- a closed plane figure bounded by three or more straight sides that meet in pairs in the same number of vertices, and do not intersect other than at these vertices. The sum of the interior angles is (n –2) × 180° for n sides; the sum of the exterior angles is 360°. A regular polygon has all its sides and angles equal. Specific polygons are named according to the number of sides, such as triangle, pentagon, etc

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## Word Origin

C16: via Latin from Greek polugōnon figure with many angles

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## Word Origin and History for polygon

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## polygon

[pŏl′ē-gŏn′]

- A closed plane figure having three or more sides. Triangles, rectangles, and octagons are all examples of polygons.♦ A regular polygon is a polygon all of whose sides are the same length and all of whose interior angles are the same measure.

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## polygon

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