[ si-me-tri-kuhl ]
/ sɪˈmɛ trɪ kəl /
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characterized by or exhibiting symmetry; well-proportioned, as a body or whole; regular in form or arrangement of corresponding parts.
- noting two points in a plane such that the line segment joining the points is bisected by an axis: Points (1, 1) and (1, −1) are symmetrical with respect to the x-axis.
- noting a set consisting of pairs of points having this relation with respect to the same axis.
- noting two points in a plane such that the line segment joining the points is bisected by a point or center: The points (1, 1) and (−1, −1) are symmetrical with respect to (0, 0).
- noting a set consisting of pairs of points having this relation with respect to the same center.
Usually symmetric .Mathematics.
- noting a square matrix that is equal to its transpose.
- noting a dyad or dyadic that is equal to its conjugate.
- noting a relation in which one element in relation to a second implies the second in relation to the first.
- divisible into two similar parts by more than one plane passing through the center; actinomorphic.
- (of a flower) having the same number of parts in each whorl.
- having a structure that exhibits a regular repeated pattern of the component parts.
- noting a benzene derivative in which three substitutions have occurred at alternate carbon atoms.
affecting corresponding parts simultaneously, as certain diseases.
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Also sym·met·ric [si-me-trik] /sɪˈmɛ trɪk/ .
Origin of symmetrical
First recorded in 1745–55; symmetr(y) + -ical
OTHER WORDS FROM symmetrical
sym·met·ri·cal·ly, adverbsym·met·ri·cal·ness, nounnon·sym·met·ri·cal, adjectiveun·sym·met·ri·cal, adjective
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How to use symmetrical in a sentence
At the meeting, talk after talk piled data on top of data to support seafloor spreading, including Sykes’ earthquake data and those symmetrical patterns of zebra stripes.How the Earth-shaking theory of plate tectonics was born|Carolyn Gramling|January 13, 2021|Science News
This joint should be finished as symmetrically as possible and wiped while the solder is hot.Elements of Plumbing|Samuel Dibble
Having placed these symmetrically on the board, both slaves retired and relocked the door without saying a word.Martin Rattler|R.M. Ballantyne
Picture now to yourself a boy toward nine years old, symmetrically made, firm and hard.By The Sea|Heman White Chaplin
The glens or gorges frequented by the caravans are lined with stones, symmetrically disposed at certain intervals.The Desert World|Arthur Mangin
We have all double natures, and the French in particular seem to be developed logically and symmetrically on both sides.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind|Herbert George Wells
British Dictionary definitions for symmetrical
/ (sɪˈmɛtrɪkəl) /
possessing or displaying symmetryCompare asymmetric
- (of two points) capable of being joined by a line that is bisected by a given point or bisected perpendicularly by a given line or planethe points ( x, y ) and ( –x, –y ) are symmetrical about the origin
- (of a configuration) having pairs of points that are symmetrical about a given point, line, or planea circle is symmetrical about a diameter
- (of an equation or function of two or more variables) remaining unchanged in form after an interchange of two variablesx + y = z is a symmetrical equation
chem (of a compound) having a molecular structure in which substituents are symmetrical about the molecule
botany another word for isomerous
Also: symmetric (of a disease, infection, etc) affecting both sides of the body or corresponding parts, such as both legs
Derived forms of symmetricalsymmetrically, adverbsymmetricalness, noun
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