pla·​nar | \ ˈplā-nər How to pronounce planar (audio) , -ˌnär \

Definition of planar

1 : of, relating to, or lying in a plane
2 : two-dimensional in quality

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Other Words from planar

planarity \ plā-​ˈner-​ə-​tē How to pronounce planarity (audio) , -​ˈna-​rə-​ \ noun

Examples of planar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Shaping and sizing the winglet properly is crucial to getting a vortex away from the flat, planar part of the wing Clark says. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "What’s in a Winglet?: Inside the Epic Quest To Build a Better Airplane Wing," 5 July 2020 Examples include desktop motion blur, planar reflections, multiple shadows, and more. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Inside the Snapdragon 865: Qualcomm reveals the features you'll find in 2020's best Android phones," 4 Dec. 2019 Pratt believes his team can make a leggy, planar robo-bird that outruns an ostrich. David Wilson, Popular Mechanics, "Machine Beats Man," 16 Oct. 2019 But, rather than being a completely flat, planar molecule, these materials have a somewhat more complex arrangement of atoms, with some slightly above or below a plane running through the center of the sheet. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers make RAM from a phase change we don’t entirely understand," 18 Dec. 2018 As Numberphile illustrates, the trick is to change the shape of your gears so have anything but flat, circular, planar ones. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Clever Ways to Make a System of Three Gears That Can Actually Turn," 10 June 2016 Blue, famous for its line of podcast microphones, hopes to make planar magnetic technology less intimidating with its Ella headphones (buy here). Mark Walton, Ars Technica, "Blue Ella review: Planar magnetic tech sounds great, but costs too much," 20 July 2017 Water oozes and trickles and puddles up through the steamy, planar landscape. By Michael Browning, miamiherald, "A desolated landscape: the toll of Hurricane Andrew," 25 Aug. 2015 Remarkably small and lightweight for a set of planar magnetics. Michael Calore, WIRED, "Review: Audeze Sine," 4 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of planar

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of planar was in 1850

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17 Aug 2020

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“Planar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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