radial


1ra·di·al

adjective \ˈrā-dē-əl\

: arranged or having parts arranged in straight lines coming out from the center of a circle

Full Definition of RADIAL

1
:  arranged or having parts arranged like rays
2
a :  relating to, placed like, or moving along a radius
b :  characterized by divergence from a center
3
:  of, relating to, or adjacent to a bodily radius
4
:  developing uniformly around a central axis
ra·di·al·ly \-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of RADIAL

  1. the radial form of a starfish

Origin of RADIAL

Medieval Latin radialis, from Latin radius ray
First Known Use: 1570

2radial

noun

: a type of strong tire in which cords underneath the rubber run across the tire's surface

Full Definition of RADIAL

1
a :  a radial part
b :  ray
2
:  a body part (as an artery) lying near or following the course of the radius
3
:  a pneumatic tire in which the ply cords that extend to the beads are laid at approximately 90 degrees to the centerline of the tread —called also radial-ply tire, radial tire

First Known Use of RADIAL

1872

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