hex·​ag·​o·​nal | \ hek-ˈsa-gə-nᵊl How to pronounce hexagonal (audio) \

Definition of hexagonal

1 : having six angles and six sides
2 : having a hexagon as section or base
3 : 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

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Other Words from hexagonal

hexagonally \ hek-​ˈsa-​gə-​nᵊl-​ē How to pronounce hexagonally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of hexagonal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The salads are packaged in distinctive hexagonal bowls (in theory, at least, compostable), developed with input from the industrial designer Yves Béhar, whose work hangs in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. New York Times, "In a Burger World, Can Sweetgreen Scale Up?," 4 Jan. 2020 Its hexagonal core supports three wings that buttress each other, creating a tripod that maximizes internal space by eliminating thick load-bearing walls. Popsci Staff, Popular Science, "The best tech of the last decade," 27 Dec. 2019 Players try to fill out their boards of 36 hexagonal spaces by buying or acquiring tiles of six different colors, each of which scores differently and has a very different function. Keith Law, Ars Technica, "The 8 best board game apps of 2019," 23 Dec. 2019 The design consists of a unique hexagonal floor plan that uses almost all 60 or 120-degree angles with no right angles in sight. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Perfectly preserved Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian near NYC asks $1.2M," 18 June 2019 Get our daily newsletter A hexagonal room built in Santiago de Chile a decade later fitted right into the same philosophy—and aesthetic. The Economist, "Can technology plan economies and destroy democracy?," 18 Dec. 2019 How does the hexagonal storm at Saturn's north pole retain its non-circular shape? Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Cassini Spacecraft Begins Ring-Grazing Orbits Before Plummeting to Its Doom," 6 Dec. 2016 The hexagonal shapes, inspired by a wasp nest, can be pieced together. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Whammock!’ at the New Children’s Museum reflects artist’s passion for building interactive art for kids," 13 June 2019 Over the next few months, conservators plan to restore and replace the markers’ hexagonal posts, the statement said. Abigail Feldman, BostonGlobe.com, "State announces effort to restore historical roadway markers dating back to 1930," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of hexagonal

1571, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Jan 2020

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“Hexagonal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hexagonal. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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