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.

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Swapping in a polygon with more sides, such as an octagon, generates negative curvature, like a doughnut’s interior. New York Times, "‘The logic of the weave’," 29 July 2019 Now, instead, these warnings are delivered to more precise areas outlined by an asymmetric shape (a polygon). John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, "Are you a true Birmingham local? Answer these 15 questions," 9 Sep. 2019 His previous works were sprite based, but this entry introduces polygons to the formula and takes advantage of the technology, with shifting perspectives that blends two-dimensional gameplay with a three-dimensional world. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Roundup: ‘Bloodstained’ highlights games that shouldn’t be overlooked," 16 Aug. 2019 Gods of the Upper Air features love triangles and even more ambitious polygons, beginning with the affair between Mead and Benedict. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, "Pioneers of Cultural Relativism," 14 Aug. 2019 As one journey — the classification of all convex polygon tessellations — ends, another is just beginning. Quanta Magazine, "Pentagon Tiling Proof Solves Century-Old Math Problem," 11 July 2017 The most obvious one is that the series finally gets a visual upgrade and advances from sprites to a 2.5D look built on polygons. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Samurai Shodown’ a solid revamp for cult fighting game series," 28 June 2019 Microsoft’s latest HoloLens, the HoloLens 2, can render only 100,000 polygons. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "5G could be the foundation of next-gen 'cloud VR'," 27 Mar. 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce polygon (audio) \

Kids Definition of polygon

: a flat geometric figure having three or more straight sides

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