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

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 Jenner’s position put her in diametric opposition to LGBTQ advocacy groups around the country, who have been battling a record number of anti-trans bills pushed by conservatives in more than 30 states. Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2021 As sheltered as my life had been, his life had been the diametric opposite. New York Times, 13 July 2021 As at the Kinder, the management of light and space was the goal for the renovation of the Rothko Chapel, a building that stands as its diametric opposite. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, 24 June 2021 Both books are haunted by this disenchantment, and respond to it in nearly diametric ways. Gemma Sieff, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 22 Aug. 2017 The two greatest physicists in history had diametric views of how time works. Sam Kean, WSJ, 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 26 Jan. 2022.

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