hex·​ag·​o·​nal hek-ˈsa-gə-nᵊl How to pronounce hexagonal (audio)
: having six angles and six sides
: having a hexagon as section or base
: relating to or being a crystal system characterized by three equal lateral axes intersecting at angles of 60 degrees and a vertical axis of variable length at right angles
hexagonally adverb

Examples of hexagonal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The spacecraft is a hexagonal cylinder with six landing legs and is roughly 14 feet tall and five feet wide. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 15 Feb. 2024 Unveiling the designs Thursday, Games organizers said that ironwork removed from the structure during earlier renovations had been repurposed to create the medals’ hexagonal centerpiece. Oscar Holland, CNN, 8 Feb. 2024 How could graphene become the silicon of quantum computing? Graphene, a two-dimensional material composed of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice, has already demonstrated remarkable electronic properties. IEEE Spectrum, 30 Jan. 2024 In Webb's case, the six largest starburst spikes appear because of the hexagonal symmetry of Webb's 18 primary mirror segments. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 25 Jan. 2024 Rendered in classic gray in a hexagonal shape, the are the best peel and stick tiles for floors. Sarah Halverson, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Jan. 2024 Aside from its unique charger pocket, which has a distinct hexagonal shape, this backpack can also accommodate small laptops, tablets, power cables, and drinks, which fit comfortably in an exterior side pocket. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 5 Jan. 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 Next stop — a hexagonal bathhouse that’s reminiscent of a traditional mud dwelling in Africa. Tyrone Beason, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1571, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hexagonal was in 1571

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“Hexagonal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hexagonal. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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hex·​ag·​o·​nal hek-ˈsag-ən-ᵊl How to pronounce hexagonal (audio)
: having six angles and six sides
: having a hexagon as a section or base
a hexagonal prism

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