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

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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 With all the fanfare over the forthcoming Elisabeth Bridge linking the Buda and Pest sides of the Danube River, the princess decided to commission a duo of grand, symmetrical buildings poised at the bridge’s Pest-side entrance. Alia Akkam, Robb Report, 20 July 2021 Marco looks like a movie star—he is tanned, with a firm jaw, thick dark hair, and a long, symmetrical face. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021 Head architect, Ashley Ciriaco creates sustainable handbag line Made By Ciriaco that adds that perfect symmetrical zest from sun up to sun down. Danielle Wright, Essence, 12 July 2021 Johnson anchored his own (symmetrical) cube, with its black steel girders and plate glass, to the earth. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, 18 June 2021 The unraveling on 13 a symmetrical 13 years ago undoubtedly planted a bit of dark dread about the U.S. Open hole somewhere in Mickelson’s head. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 June 2021 These shears also feature smooth, precision blades, comfortably symmetrical handles, and an unmatched versatility that provides you with a pair of shears that are not only great for the kitchen, but for any general cutting need. Tim Kohut, BGR, 11 June 2021 His imposing, rippling forms joyfully contradict the building’s symmetrical Palladian architecture. Jacqui Palumbo, CNN, 2 June 2021 Or for a more ethereal look, create two symmetrical braids on each side of your part, starting at the front hair line, and pin them back for an effortless textured style. Nikki Brown, PEOPLE.com, 1 June 2021

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First Known Use of symmetrical

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of symmetrical was in 1653

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30 Jul 2021

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“Symmetrical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/symmetrical. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for symmetrical

symmetrical

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of symmetrical

: having sides or halves that are the same : having or showing symmetry

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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