Dictionary

fractal

fractal

noun frac·tal \ˈfrak-təl\

Definition of FRACTAL

:  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

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: fractedPrevious Word in the Dictionary: frackingAll Words Near: fractal
March 06, 2015
eolian Hear it
Deposited, produced, or eroded by wind
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears