diametric

adjective
di·a·met·ric | \ ˌdī-ə-ˈme-trik \
variants: or diametrical \-tri-kəl \

Definition of diametric 

1 mathematics : of, relating to, or constituting a straight line segment passing through the center of a figure or body : located at the diameter (see diameter sense 1)

2 : completely opposed : being at opposite extremes in diametric contradiction to his claims two parties in diametric opposition on the issue

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Other words from diametric

diametrically \-tri-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of diametric in a Sentence

that husband and wife have seemingly diametric personalities, but somehow their marriage works

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Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby has spent the entirety of his five-year tenure playing defense, which makes him the diametric opposite of most of his league's football teams. Andy Staples, SI.com, "The Big 12's Existential Crisis Comes Down to One Missing Thing: Talent," 22 Aug. 2017 The two greatest physicists in history had diametric views of how time works. Sam Kean, WSJ, "Why Time Flies," 23 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of diametric

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for diametric

see diameter

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