par·​al·​lel·​o·​gram | \ ˌper-ə-ˈle-lə-ˌgram How to pronounce parallelogram (audio) , ˌpa-rə-\

Definition of parallelogram

: a quadrilateral with opposite sides parallel and equal

Examples of parallelogram in a Sentence

Rectangles, squares, and rhombuses are all parallelograms.

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The pattern of creases forms a tessellation of parallelograms, and the whole structure collapses and unfolds in a single motion — providing an elegant way to fold a map. Quanta Magazine, "The Atomic Theory of Origami," 31 Oct. 2017 Instead of the standard 90-degree angles found in many houses, the building uses the parallelogram shape and features a single right angle in its design. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired ‘parallelogram’ house asks $560K," 3 Dec. 2018 While Wright used intersecting parallelograms to make modestly-sized homes like the 1,900-square-foot Kraus House seem more spacious, this property takes the same idea and applies it to a sprawling 4,932 square feet. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired ‘parallelogram’ house asks $560K," 3 Dec. 2018 Studies further indicate that parting one’s hair is a lost art; far too many men comb their hair in a style that resembles a parallelogram. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Grungy and Unkempt in the U.S.A.," 12 July 2018 The bedroom’s shape could be described as a parallelogram attached to a trapezoid. Joan Walden,, "Property of the Week: 290 Mountain Spring Road, Farmington," 13 Apr. 2018 Here, now, the fertile parallelograms are found not framed by state roads but rather indoors. John Walters, Newsweek, "Midwest College Basketball Courts Yield a Bountiful Harvest," 20 Feb. 2014 Mr. Diller eventually suggested that Pier 54 be replaced with an entirely new, 2.4-acre pier shaped like a parallelogram, with three performance venues amid trees. Charles V. Bagli, New York Times, "A Goad to the Powerful, Lately Dormant, Is Stirred by a Midtown Zoning Plan AUG. 28, 2013," 4 Sep. 2016 At a new art exhibit at the Portland Children's Museum featuring monsters designed by children, one monster looks like a walking parallelogram with multiple eyes. Amy Wang,, "Monsters created by kids take over Portland Children's Museum gallery," 26 June 2017

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First Known Use of parallelogram

1570, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parallelogram

Late Latin or Greek; Late Latin parallelogrammum, from Greek parallēlogrammon, from neuter of parallēlogrammos bounded by parallel lines, from parallēlos + grammē line, from graphein to write — more at carve

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English Language Learners Definition of parallelogram

geometry : a four-sided shape made up of two pairs of straight parallel lines that are equal in length


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Kids Definition of parallelogram

: a plane figure with four sides whose opposite sides are parallel and equal

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