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fractal

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noun frac·tal \ˈfrak-təl\

Definition of fractal

  1. :  any of various extremely irregular curves or shapes for which any suitably chosen part is similar in shape to a given larger or smaller part when magnified or reduced to the same size

fractal adjective


Origin of fractal

French fractale, from Latin fractus broken, uneven (past participle of frangere to break) + French -ale -al (noun suffix)


First Known Use: 1975


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