con·​cen·​tric | \ kən-ˈsen-trik How to pronounce concentric (audio) , ˌkän-\

Definition of concentric

1 : having a common center concentric circles the concentric layers of the wedding cake
2 : having a common axis : coaxial

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Other Words from concentric

concentrically \ kən-​ˈsen-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce concentrically (audio) , ˌkän-​ \ adverb
concentricity \ ˌkän-​ˌsen-​ˈtri-​sə-​tē How to pronounce concentricity (audio) \ noun

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The weevil's spots consist of circular scales of chitin, neatly arranged into concentric rings of varying hues like a rainbow: blue in the center, all the way out to red at the edges. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "“Rainbow” weevil could hold the secret to generating nature’s colors in the lab," 23 Sep. 2018 Forming nine concentric rings, the tall hedges (now of boxwood) lead to a lookout tower in the center, which is reached by ascending a double-spiral staircase. Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "9 Magnificent Manmade Mazes," 30 Sep. 2010 The right-most screen will show both of these metrics as concentric circles. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Review: Google’s Wear OS 2.0 can’t fix its obsolete smartwatch hardware," 28 Sep. 2018 Shanghai studio Monoarchi designed the bamboo structure around three non-concentric circles that sit atop each other and form a wonky fibonacci spiral. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Undulating bamboo house looks like it’s wearing a hat," 24 July 2018 Outside on the upper deck, a copper concentric wind sculpture by Lyman Whitaker resembles an exotic plant. Sally A. Downey,, "Poconos weekend retreat becomes year-round home," 12 June 2018 At this moment, the work depicts an aerial view of the power plant, concentric circles of tile-like mirrors with a tower at its center that, all together, resembles an ancient, slate-gray sundial of sorts. Deborah Vankin,, "LACMA debuts its 'Solar Reserve,' a digital sculpture addressing energy conservation," 12 July 2018 The henge-like enclosures at Pömmelte consist of seven concentric rings made of ditches and banks, the largest stretching about 380 feet in diameter. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Germany’s “Stonehenge” Reveals Evidence of Human Sacrifice," 30 June 2018 For all trees, install concentric rings of in-line drip irrigation. Nan Sterman,, "Branching out with new crops," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of concentric

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for concentric

Middle English consentrik, from Medieval Latin concentricus, from Latin com- + centrum center

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English Language Learners Definition of concentric

: having the same center


con·​cen·​tric | \ kən-ˈsen-trik, (ˈ)kän- How to pronounce concentric (audio) \

Medical Definition of concentric

: having a common center concentric circles

Other Words from concentric

concentrically \ -​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce concentrically (audio) \ adverb

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