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

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The lava formed columns of black basalt at Devils Postpile National Monument, creating surprisingly uniform hexagonal 60-foot columns. Katherine Rodeghier, Dallas News, "Discover Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite’s lesser-known neighbor," 16 July 2019 Both phenomena result from hexagonal ice crystals in high-altitude clouds acting as prisms. 16. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About Rainbows," 22 Apr. 2019 Here are the familiar triangular, square and hexagonal tilings. Quanta Magazine, "The (Math) Problem With Pentagons," 11 Dec. 2017 The drone has a central compartment for carrying goods and a hexagonal shrouding that acts as its wings, while also protecting (and shielding people from) a series of rotors. Rachel Metz, CNN, "Amazon's new futuristic drone will soon deliver packages," 5 June 2019 The body is placed in a reusable hexagonal steel container with wood chips, alfalfa and straw to accelerate decomposition. Eric Zorn, chicagotribune.com, "Bury me not: A plea for Illinois to allow 'human composting'," 11 June 2019 Lending further weirdness to the exterior design are a floating vent high up on each C-pillar and a tessellated hexagonal mesh sun shade over the rear window. Brett Berk, Car and Driver, "BMW Reproduces Lost 1970 Garmisch Concept by Calling In Its Original Designer ,Marcello Gandini," 24 May 2019 Ingels’s hexagonal world on the ocean’s surface comprises individual units that are systematically combined to create a city. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "Is Oceanix City by Bjarke Ingels the Real-Life Lost Continent of Atlantis?," 12 Apr. 2019 Collectively termed metal dichalcogenides, these materials form single-molecule sheets with a hexagonal arrangement of atoms similar to graphene. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers make RAM from a phase change we don’t entirely understand," 18 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of hexagonal

1571, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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