poly·​gon | \ˈpä-lē-ˌgän \

Definition of polygon 

1 : a closed plane figure bounded by straight lines

2 : a closed figure on a sphere bounded by arcs of great circles

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Other Words from polygon

polygonal \pə-​ˈli-​gə-​nᵊl \ adjective
polygonally \pə-​ˈli-​gə-​nᵊl-​ē \ adverb

Examples of polygon in a Sentence

Pentagons, hexagons, and octagons are all kinds of polygons.

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Since 2014, Vizaline, a startup based in Madison, Mississippi, has provided this very specific service to local banks: drawing polygons on satellite photos. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "If an algorithm draws lines on a map, is that the same as land surveying?," 13 July 2018 But then some of the powers-that-be toured the neighborhood and saw for themselves the sorry state of the streets, which in some places resembled a dry lake bed, its surface covered with puckered polygons, and in others a bombing range. John Kelly, Washington Post, "From potholes to perfect pavement: My neighborhood has lovely new streets," 24 June 2018 The graphics were deliberately stylized and low-polygon, so this isn’t exactly the same as running a high-end Vive game, but the basic tracking, field of view, and resolution were as least as good — in some ways better. Sam Byford, The Verge, "HTC’s Vive Focus is an impressive standalone VR headset," 2 July 2018 The projector is spraying the floor with a swirling mass of three-inch polygons. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Unseen Oceans: How the American Museum of Natural History Builds a New Exhibit," 21 June 2018 Austin Switser’s video included a lovely image of polygons twisting on the downstage scrim like movable constellations. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "A Pair of U.S. Premieres at Spoleto Festival USA," 29 May 2018 For Tessmann, capturing the seductive curves of a sizzler like the Lamborghini Diablo VT with so few polygons proved to be quite frustrating. Steven T. Wright, Ars Technica, "Life in (virtual) pit lane: The war stories of video game car design," 28 Apr. 2018 In mainstream PCs, the graphics processor - often found on a graphics card - is what allows computers to draw all those pixels and polygons that make up today's photorealistic video games. Brian Fung, chicagotribune.com, "How video games helped give us the self-driving car," 5 July 2017 The 17-sided polygon Thanks to financial backing from the Duke of Brunswick, Gauss continued his education at the University of Göttingen. Laignee Barron, Time, "Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss' 241st Birthday Honored With a Google Doodle. Here's What to Know about the Mathematician," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of polygon

circa 1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for polygon

Late Latin polygonum, from Greek polygōnon, from neuter of polygōnos polygonal, from poly- + gōnia angle — more at -gon

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The first known use of polygon was circa 1560

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English Language Learners Definition of polygon

mathematics : a flat shape that has three or more straight lines and angles


poly·​gon | \ˈpä-li-ˌgän \

Kids Definition of polygon

: a flat geometric figure having three or more straight sides

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