palindrome


pal·in·drome

noun \ˈpa-lən-ˌdrōm\

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

Full Definition of PALINDROME

:  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
pal·in·drom·ic \ˌpa-lən-ˈdrō-mik, -ˈdrä-\ adjective
pal·in·drom·ist \ˈpa-lən-ˌdrō-mist\ noun

Examples of PALINDROME

  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

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

pal·in·drome

noun \ˈpal-ən-ˌdrōm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PALINDROME

: a palindromic sequence of DNA

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