palindrome

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noun pal·in·drome \ˈpa-lən-ˌdrōm\

Definition of palindrome

  1. :  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

palindromic

play \ˌpa-lən-ˈdrō-mik, -ˈdrä-\ adjective

palindromist

play \ˈpa-lən-ˌdrō-mist\ noun

Examples of palindrome in a Sentence

  1. The word dad and the number 1881 are palindromes.

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Origin and Etymology of 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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PALINDROME Defined for English Language Learners

palindrome

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noun

Definition of palindrome for English Language Learners

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


PALINDROME Defined for Kids

palindrome

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noun pal·in·drome \ˈpa-lən-ˌdrōm\

Definition of palindrome for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

palindrome

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noun pal·in·drome \ˈpal-ən-ˌdrōm\

Medical Definition of palindrome

  1. :  a palindromic sequence of DNA


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