diametric

adjective

di·​a·​met·​ric ˌdī-ə-ˈme-trik How to pronounce diametric (audio)
variants or diametrical
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
diametrically adverb

Examples of diametric in a Sentence

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

Etymology

see diameter

First Known Use

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of diametric was in 1553

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Cite this Entry

“Diametric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diametric. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

diametric

adjective
di·​a·​met·​ric ˌdī-ə-ˈme-trik How to pronounce diametric (audio)
variants or diametrical
1
: of or relating to a diameter
2
: completely opposed or opposite
diametrically adverb
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