self-sim·​i·​lar·​i·​ty ˌself-ˌsi-mə-ˈler-ə-tē How to pronounce self-similarity (audio)
: the quality or state of having an appearance that is invariant upon being scaled larger or smaller
magnify the fractal and you can see the self-similarity of its edge
self-similar adjective

Examples of self-similarity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These different kinds of self-similarity correspond to very different dynamics and therefore require different types of renormalization to relate one scale to another. Quanta Magazine, 26 Jan. 2024 This is a kind of self-similarity — a pattern that repeats at changing scales — which can sometimes be used to show that a particular tiling can’t translate onto itself, because doing so would distort length. Quanta Magazine, 23 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-similarity was in 1967

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“Self-similarity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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