isometry

noun
isom·​e·​try | \ ī-ˈsä-mə-trē How to pronounce isometry (audio) \
plural isometries

Definition of isometry

: a mapping of a metric space onto another or onto itself so that the distance between any two points in the original space is the same as the distance between their images in the second space rotation and translation are isometries of the plane

Examples of isometry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s because symmetries are isometries, which preserve the size and shape of the object. Quanta Magazine, "Symmetry, Algebra and the Monster," 17 Aug. 2017 Similarly, the properties of isometries guarantee that line segments get mapped to line segments. Quanta Magazine, "Symmetry, Algebra and the Monster," 17 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of isometry

1881, in the meaning defined above

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“Isometry.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/isometry. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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