symmetrical

adjective
sym·​met·​ri·​cal | \ sə-ˈme-tri-kəl How to pronounce symmetrical (audio) \
variants: or symmetric \ sə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce symmetrical (audio) \

Definition of symmetrical

1 : having, involving, or exhibiting symmetry
2 : having corresponding points whose connecting lines are bisected by a given point or perpendicularly bisected by a given line or plane symmetrical curves
3 symmetric : being such that the terms or variables may be interchanged without altering the value, character, or truth symmetric equations R is a symmetric relation if aRb implies bRa
4a : capable of division by a longitudinal plane into similar halves symmetrical plant parts
b : having the same number of members in each whorl of floral leaves symmetrical flowers
5 : affecting corresponding parts simultaneously and similarly symmetrical rash
6 : exhibiting symmetry in a structural formula especially : being a derivative with groups substituted symmetrically in the molecule

Other Words from symmetrical

symmetrically \ sə-​ˈme-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce symmetrical (audio) \ adverb
symmetricalness \ sə-​ˈme-​tri-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce symmetrical (audio) \ noun

Examples of symmetrical in a Sentence

The human body is symmetrical.
Recent Examples on the Web The story of polarization is simply not symmetrical. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 12 Sep. 2022 From the outside, the two-story, 5,000-square-foot Savannah gray brick structure is stately and, with the exception of one wing, symmetrical. New York Times, 1 Dec. 2021 The same is true inside, which is symmetrical and stays in line with Koenigsegg’s current design language, but the CC850 does get analog gauges instead of a digital instrument cluster. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 19 Aug. 2022 The Kolkata dream pop duo whose vintage and symmetrical aesthetic will remind you of Wes Anderson stills. Tara Aquino, Rolling Stone, 8 June 2022 The daily chart shows the crypto market cap has formed a symmetrical triangle over the past three weeks, marking a consolidation between converging trendlines. Omkar Godbole, Forbes, 7 June 2022 The architectural firm of Frank L. Hope and Associates was commissioned to design the building, but the firm’s vision of a simple, symmetrical, ultra-modern building that would embrace Balboa Park from within wasn’t what city leaders had in mind. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 June 2022 The prowar figure, since the start of the week, is slightly but constantly increasing, while that of the antiwar is in symmetrical decline. Emmanuel Carrère, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 As with the other scenarios, my colleagues and I have studied—whether in writing, scheduling, building with Legos or creating symmetrical patterns from random grids on a computer screen—few participants chose subtraction as a solution. Leidy Klotz, Scientific American, 12 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of symmetrical

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Sep 2022

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More Definitions for symmetrical

symmetrical

adjective
sym·​met·​ri·​cal | \ sə-ˈme-tri-kəl How to pronounce symmetrical (audio) \
variants: or symmetric \ -​rik \

Kids Definition of symmetrical

: having or showing symmetry a symmetrical shape

symmetrical

adjective
sym·​met·​ri·​cal | \ sə-ˈme-tri-kəl How to pronounce symmetrical (audio) \
variants: or symmetric \ -​trik How to pronounce symmetrical (audio) \

Medical Definition of symmetrical

: having, involving, or exhibiting symmetry: as
a : affecting corresponding parts simultaneously and similarly a symmetrical rash
b : exhibiting symmetry in a structural formula especially : being a derivative with groups substituted symmetrically in the molecule

Other Words from symmetrical

symmetrically \ -​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce symmetrical (audio) \ adverb

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