# symmetrical

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.

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.

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.

## Origin of symmetrical

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- Also sym·met·ric [si-me-trik] /sɪˈmɛ trɪk/ .

## Other words for symmetrical

## Other words from symmetrical

- sym·met·ri·cal·ly, adverb
- sym·met·ri·cal·ness, noun
- non·sym·met·ri·cal, adjective
- un·sym·met·ri·cal, adjective
- un·sym·met·ri·cal·ly, adverb

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## How to use symmetrical in a sentence

The suspension chains are constructed in the form of braced girders, so that they are stiff against unsymmetrical loading.

"I think he must have wound them himself," remarked Louise, shaking her head over the lumpy, unsymmetrical ball she held.

The Story of the Big Front Door | Mary Finley LeonardUnder his coat was partially concealed some bulging object which gave him an appearance singularly unsymmetrical.

Peggy Raymond's Vacation | Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) SmithA portion of the screen has been broken off and the otherwise unsymmetrical form of the drawing is due to photographic distortion.

The Whale House of the Chilkat | George T. EmmonsIt is unsymmetrical, and a much larger number of its cells are found collected at one end than at the other.

The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1 | Francis Maitland Balfour

## British Dictionary definitions for symmetrical

/ (sɪˈmɛtrɪkəl) /

possessing or displaying symmetry: Compare asymmetric

maths

(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 plane: the 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 plane: a 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 variables: x + 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 symmetrical

- symmetrically, adverb
- symmetricalness, noun

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