polygon

[ pol-ee-gon ]
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noun
1. a figure, especially a closed plane figure, having three or more, usually straight, sides.

Origin of polygon

1
First recorded in 1560–70; from Latin polygōnum, from Greek polýgōnon, noun use of neuter of polýgōnos “many-angled”; see poly-, -gon

Other words from polygon

• po·lyg·o·nal [puh-lig-uh-nl], /pəˈlɪg ə nl/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for polygon

polygon

/ (ˈpɒlɪˌɡɒn) /

noun
1. 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

Origin of polygon

1
C16: via Latin from Greek polugōnon figure with many angles

Derived forms of polygon

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Scientific definitions for polygon

polygon

[ pŏlē-gŏn′ ]

1. 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.

Cultural definitions for polygon

polygon

In geometry, a closed figure having three or more sides and lying on one plane.