pal·​in·​drome | \ ˈpa-lən-ˌdrōm How to pronounce palindrome (audio) \

Definition of palindrome

: a word, verse, or sentence (such as "Able was I ere I saw Elba") or a number (such as 1881) that reads the same backward or forward

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Other Words from palindrome

palindromic \ ˌpa-​lən-​ˈdrō-​mik How to pronounce palindromic (audio) , -​ˈdrä-​ \ adjective
palindromist \ ˈpa-​lən-​ˌdrō-​mist How to pronounce palindromist (audio) \ noun

Examples of palindrome in a Sentence

The word “dad” and the number “1881” are palindromes.

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Mensa provides a set of friends who understand his anagrams, palindromes and other word games, Lederer said. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Brain bros and sapient sisters! Mensa may be for you," 26 May 2018 Elements like single-digit repeats (111 293; 134 441); multi-digit repeats (112 222); palindromes (353 595); ascending or descending sequences (345 564); repeating number order (618 514); and combinations thereof (876 565). Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "Just How Random Are Two Factor Authentication Codes?," 21 Apr. 2018 Some numbers, when squared, are palindromes: 112 is 121, and 262 is 676. Judd Schorr, WIRED, "GeekDad Puzzle of the Week: Palindromic Sums of Squares," 15 Oct. 2012 Lo Castro expressed this through structural palindromes in the geometric and colorful installation. Junette Reyes,, "Hands-on exhibit focuses on youth and emotions," 3 July 2017 Writer-director-palindrome Tim Smit, an effects guy making his feature debut, has a germ of an idea for a nifty chase scenario that mixes paranoia, parallel-world fizziness and apocalyptic action. Robert Abele,, "Computer graphics were turned all the way up in 'Kill Switch'," 15 June 2017

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First Known Use of palindrome

circa 1637, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for palindrome

Greek palindromos running back again, from palin back, again + dramein to run; akin to Greek polos axis, pole — more at pole, dromedary

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English Language Learners Definition of palindrome

: a word, phrase, or number that reads the same backward or forward


pal·​in·​drome | \ ˈpa-lən-ˌdrōm How to pronounce palindrome (audio) \

Kids Definition of palindrome

: a word, phrase, sentence, or number that reads the same backward or forward “Step on no pets” is a palindrome.


pal·​in·​drome | \ ˈpal-ən-ˌdrōm How to pronounce palindrome (audio) \

Medical Definition of palindrome

: a palindromic sequence of DNA

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