[ pol-ee-hee-druhn ]

noun,plural pol·y·he·drons, pol·y·he·dra [pol-ee-hee-druh]. /ˌpɒl iˈhi drə/.
  1. a solid figure having many faces.

Origin of polyhedron

1560–70; <Greek polýedron, neuter of polýedros having many bases. See poly-, -hedron

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British Dictionary definitions for polyhedron


/ (ˌpɒlɪˈhiːdrən) /

nounplural -drons or -dra (-drə)
  1. a solid figure consisting of four or more plane faces (all polygons), pairs of which meet along an edge, three or more edges meeting at a vertex. In a regular polyhedron all the faces are identical regular polygons making equal angles with each other. Specific polyhedrons are named according to the number of faces, such as tetrahedron, icosahedron, etc

Origin of polyhedron

C16: from Greek poluedron, from poly- + hedron side, base

Derived forms of polyhedron

  • polyhedral, adjective

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Scientific definitions for polyhedron


[ pŏl′ē-hēdrən ]

Plural polyhedrons polyhedra
  1. A three-dimensional geometric figure whose sides are polygons. A tetrahedron, for example, is a polyhedron having four triangular sides.♦ A regular polyhedron is a polyhedron whose faces are all congruent regular polygons. The regular tetrahedron (pyramid), hexahedron (cube), octahedron, dodecahedron, and icosahedron are the five regular polyhedrons. Regular polyhedrons are a type of Archimedean solid.

Other words from polyhedron

  • polyhedral adjective

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