poly·​gon | \ ˈpä-lē-ˌgän How to pronounce polygon (audio) \

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 How to pronounce polygonal (audio) \ adjective
polygonally \ pə-​ˈli-​gə-​nᵊl-​ē How to pronounce polygonally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of polygon in a Sentence

Pentagons, hexagons, and octagons are all kinds of polygons.
Recent Examples on the Web The Voronoi polygon is part of a different algorithmic way to break up material. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Science Confirms Plato's Theory: Earth Is Made of Cubes," 21 July 2020 In current game design, game artists usually squash their in-game 3D models down to a few different levels of detail (LODs), each with fewer polygons and smaller textures than the last. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "How Epic got such amazing Unreal Engine 5 results on next-gen consoles," 14 May 2020 Compositions feature squares or polygons; are arranged on the diagonal or perpendicular; involve flat or tilted planes. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Alice Trumbull Mason: America’s Forgotten Modernist," 30 Apr. 2020 The weather service continues to improve its false alarm rates, and the polygon warnings forecasters use don’t include an entire county but those areas in the direct path of the storm. Leigh Morgan, al, "Significant risk for severe weather for all of Alabama on Sunday," 10 Apr. 2020 Trails of black and iridescent vinyl polygons fanned across the floor and up the walls, as though an elaborate origami creature was in the process of unfolding itself. Zoë Lescaze, New York Times, "An Artist Whose Muse Is Loneliness," 26 Feb. 2020 This recurring theme has led some researchers to argue that quantum computing is not an esoteric subfield of computer science, but rather a generalization of classical computing, in much the same way that polygons are a generalization of triangles. Quanta Magazine, "Classical Computing Embraces Quantum Ideas," 18 Dec. 2012 Residents have also held protests and formed polygon and neighborhood groups to try to influence the process. Jess Nocera, baltimoresun.com, "Howard school redistricting plan nears completion with straw poll Monday, final vote Thursday," 18 Nov. 2019 Star polygons have long been bound up with all sorts of human metaphysical projection, used as religious symbols and in ranking systems. Megan O’grady, New York Times, "The Constellation of Frank Stella," 18 Mar. 2020

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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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18 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Polygon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polygon. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce polygon (audio) \

Kids Definition of polygon

: a flat geometric figure having three or more straight sides

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