geo·​met·​ric | \ ˌjē-ə-ˈme-trik How to pronounce geometric (audio) \
variants: or geometrical \ ˌjē-​ə-​ˈme-​tri-​kəl How to pronounce geometrical (audio) \

Definition of geometric

1a : of, relating to, or according to the methods or principles of geometry
b : increasing in a geometric progression geometric population growth
2 capitalized : of or relating to a style of ancient Greek pottery characterized by geometric decorative motifs (see motif sense 2)
3a : using straight or curved lines in designs or outlines
b : of or relating to art based on simple geometric shapes (such as straight lines, circles, or squares) geometric abstractions

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geometrically \ ˌjē-​ə-​ˈme-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce geometrically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of geometric in a Sentence

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Close to the Line, an exhibit of geometric abstraction by Mari Rantanen and Kirsten Reynolds, is at Housatonic Museum of Art at Housatonic Community College, 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport, until Oct. 12. Susan Dunne,, "Photo exhibit of the world’s of gathering places at University of Saint Joseph," 11 Sep. 2019 The geometric pattern here ends up making the dress look extremely fluid. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, "Malika Favre’s “Sweeping into Fall”," 2 Sep. 2019 Ennis’ mama, meanwhile, wore a long, multicolored dress with a geometric pattern. Jen Juneau,, "Ennis' Big Debut! Kirsten Dunst Brings 15-Month-Old Son to Her Walk of Fame Star Ceremony," 29 Aug. 2019 The audio is accompanied by a pair of liquid-blue, Etnies brand sneakers; white-laced slip-ons with a multicolored geometric pattern sewn in right below the ankle. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "There’s a pop-up art museum downtown that literally lets you walk in another Denverite’s shoes," 27 Aug. 2019 Molly donned a long-sleeve black number with a geometric pattern. Megan Stein, Country Living, "‘Last Man Standing’ Star Amanda Fuller Shows Off Her Baby Bump in Gorgeous New Photos," 18 Aug. 2019 The motifs are arranged in tidy geometric patterns and don’t derive directly from the natural world. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: A revelatory exhibition by D.C. artist Jonathan Monaghan," 26 July 2019 Michelle sits facing us, chin resting on one hand, arms bare, rising from a mountainous, floor-length white skirt with geometric patterns in black, red, pink, and yellow. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "Amy Sherald, Michelle Obama’s Portraitist, Readies her New York Debut," 15 July 2019 For example, mathematicians often want to prove that an object with a certain property exists, such as a geometric object that exhibits particular symmetries. Quanta Magazine, "How Randomness Can Make Math Easier," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of geometric

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for geometric

see geometry

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geo·​met·​ric | \ ˌjē-ə-ˈme-trik How to pronounce geometric (audio) \

Kids Definition of geometric

1 : of or relating to geometry geometric figures
2 : consisting of points, lines, and angles

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