di·​a·​met·​ric | \ ˌdī-ə-ˈme-trik How to pronounce diametric (audio) \
variants: or diametrical \ ˌdī-​ə-​ˈme-​tri-​kəl How to pronounce diametric (audio) \

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 \ ˌdī-​ə-​ˈme-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce diametric (audio) \ adverb

Examples of diametric in a Sentence

that husband and wife have seemingly diametric personalities, but somehow their marriage works
Recent Examples on the Web In Washington, reporters have repeatedly asked the State Department if Friedman’s actions and statements, so diametric from traditional U.S. policy, are sanctioned. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "The provocations of Trump’s ambassador to Israel are upturning decades of U.S. diplomacy," 8 July 2019 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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“Diametric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diametric. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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