hexagon

noun

hexa·​gon ˈhek-sə-ˌgän How to pronounce hexagon (audio)
: a polygon of six angles and six sides

Examples of hexagon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some hexagons are empty; others are filled by a 6-foot tall column of solid concrete. Quanta Magazine, 7 Feb. 2024 These are generally hexagonal in shape, because hexagons can be tiled into large arrays easily; JWST uses just such an arrangement. Phil Plait, Scientific American, 23 Nov. 2023 Say every hexagon is assigned its state at random, independent of all the other hexagons, with a probability that is constant across the entire grid. Quanta Magazine, 7 Feb. 2024 These kites aren't the same as Penrose's; Smith made them by slicing a regular hexagon into six equal pieces with lines connecting the midpoints of opposite edges. Craig S. Kaplan, Scientific American, 14 Dec. 2023 Stripped of their brown paint and polished, each fragment will weigh 18 grams, or just over half an ounce, and be fashioned into a hexagon — the shape of France. Aurelien Breeden, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024 The hexagon surrounding it represents strength and unity. Olivia Munson, The Courier-Journal, 5 Jan. 2024 There could be, say, a 1% chance that each hexagon is empty. Quanta Magazine, 7 Feb. 2024 Many of the most promising submissions are built on lattices, a mathematical concept involving grids of points in various repeating shapes, like squares or hexagons, but projected into dimensions far beyond what humans can visualize. Zach Montague, New York Times, 22 Oct. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Greek hexagōnon, neuter of hexagōnos hexagonal, from hexa- + gōnia angle — more at -gon

First Known Use

1570, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hexagon was in 1570

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Cite this Entry

“Hexagon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hexagon. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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hexagon

noun
hexa·​gon ˈhek-sə-ˌgän How to pronounce hexagon (audio)
: a polygon of six angles and six sides

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