ge·​om·​e·​try | \ jē-ˈä-mə-trē How to pronounce geometry (audio) \
plural geometries

Definition of geometry

1a : a branch of mathematics that deals with the measurement, properties, and relationships of points, lines, angles, surfaces, and solids broadly : the study of properties of given elements that remain invariant under specified transformations
b : a particular type or system of geometry Euclidean geometry
2a : configuration … the [bicycle] frame's geometry can be adjusted via a two-position lower shock mount which slackens the angles by another half a degree.— Liam Mercer
b : surface shape the geometry of the landscape The shape of the earbud is tailored to the geometry of your ear.— Noah Robischon The Ken Onion also allows you to choose the type of blade geometry for whatever implement you're sharpening …— Ariel Kanter Every object naturally resonates when hit by electromagnetic waves of particular frequencies, which are determined by the object's geometry and material properties.— Ada Poon
3 : an arrangement of objects or parts that suggests geometric figures the geometry of neoclassical architecture

Examples of geometry in a Sentence

the geometry of Sydney's famed opera house is suggestive of some modernistic sailing ship
Recent Examples on the Web The combination of these two measurements has unparalleled power to reveal the geometry of the Universe. H. J. Mccracken, Ars Technica, 21 July 2022 Correspondent Serena Altschul talks with the 77-year-old Scully about his inspirations, from the post-impressionism of Van Gogh to the exotic geometry of mosaics in Morocco. CBS News, 14 July 2022 But Gilliam’s work wasn’t about denying anyone a view or cutting into the once sacred geometry of the picture. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 28 June 2022 According to the caption, the designer’s innovative bias cut was influenced by the geometry of the kimono. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 7 June 2022 The geometry of Weishaar’s new park is inviting, every angle clean, every sightline pleasing and modern. Jeff Macgregor, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 May 2022 To me, the basic geometry of your interactions seems imbalanced. cleveland, 10 May 2022 To me, the basic geometry of your interactions seems imbalanced. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 10 May 2022 In her classroom, students worked through problems in subtraction, addition, multiplication, geometry and area and perimeter on individual computers. al, 6 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of geometry

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

History and Etymology for geometry

Middle English geometrie, from Anglo-French, from Latin geometria, from Greek geōmetria, from geōmetrein to measure the earth, from geō- ge- + metron measure — more at measure

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“Geometry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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: a branch of mathematics that deals with points, lines, angles, surfaces, and solids

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