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palindrome

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noun pal·in·drome \ˈpa-lən-ˌdrōm\

Simple Definition of palindrome

  • : a word, phrase, or number that reads the same backward or forward

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of palindrome

  1. :  a word, verse, or sentence (as “Able was I ere I saw Elba”) or a number (as 1881) that reads the same backward or forward

palindromic play \ˌpa-lən-ˈdrō-mik, -ˈdrä-\ adjective
palindromist play \ˈpa-lən-ˌdrō-mist\ noun

Examples of palindrome in a sentence

  1. The word dad and the number 1881 are palindromes.



Origin of palindrome

Greek palindromos running back again, from palin back, again + dramein to run; akin to Greek polos axis, pole — more at pole, dromedary


First Known Use: circa 1629

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PALINDROME Defined for Kids

palindrome

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noun pal·in·drome \ˈpa-lən-ˌdrōm\

Definition of palindrome for Students

  1. :  a word, phrase, sentence, or number that reads the same backward or forward <“Step on no pets” is a palindrome.>




Medical Dictionary

palindrome

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noun pal·in·drome \ˈpal-ən-ˌdrōm\

Medical Definition of palindrome

  1. :  a palindromic sequence of DNA




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