# symmetrical

### or sym·met·ric

[si-me-tri-kuhl or si-me-trik]

### adjective

characterized by or exhibiting symmetry; well-proportioned, as a body or whole; regular in form or arrangement of corresponding parts.

Geometry.

- 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.

Often 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.

Botany.

- 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.

Chemistry.

- 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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## Related Words for symmetrically

fairly, uniformly, justly, equitably, equally, squarely, precisely, proportionately, identically, easily, delicately, neatly, smoothly, nimbly, beautifully, graciously, skillfully, elegantly, adroitly, coordinately## Examples from the Web for symmetrically

### Historical Examples of symmetrically

The porters arranged them symmetrically, tier by tier, on the vehicles.

The Fat and the ThinEmile Zola

It is divided into four bays, and is not symmetrically placed to the church.

Byzantine Churches in ConstantinopleAlexander Van Millingen

In drying skins, stretch them symmetrically and dry in the shade.

TaxidermyLeon Luther Pray

This joint should be finished as symmetrically as possible and wiped while the solder is hot.

Elements of PlumbingSamuel Dibble

These are often symmetrically disposed, either on the poles of the dimensive axes or in crossed diagonal planes.

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