symmetrical

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

Examples of symmetrical in a Sentence

The human body is symmetrical.
Recent Examples on the Web Situated in North Dallas on a little more than half an acre, this contemporary build boasts a linear and symmetrical design with colorful details throughout. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "High ceilings, fancy lights are highlights of this contemporary-style, six-bedroom North Dallas home," 31 July 2020 Waves, typically, have a shape that goes up and down and in a fairly symmetrical pattern, at least in the popular imagination. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "What Activities Are Safe as the Coronavirus Continues to Spread?," 27 June 2020 The home gives a symmetrical and clean first impression from the driveway entrance. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "Peek inside a minimalistic modern Dallas house designed by hometown architecture firm Bodron Fruit," 26 June 2020 The Wisconsin Capitol building in Madison – completed in 1917 – is a symmetrical structure with a similar façade of pillars and windows facing north, south, east and west. Eric Litke, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Wisconsin Capitol flag was not flying because Assembly wasn't in session," 24 Apr. 2020 Cable users may eventually get symmetrical upload and download speeds from an upgrade to DOCSIS, the Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Cox slows Internet speeds in entire neighborhoods to punish any heavy users," 8 June 2020 It’s full of color and symmetry; Georgian architecture tends to be very symmetrical. Adenike Olanrewaju, New York Times, "Paula Sutton Answers Our Hill House Questions," 12 May 2020 Unlike the perfectly symmetrical empty space, there are spots on these spatial crystals that look different than other spots, such as their edges. Stav Dimitropoulos, Popular Mechanics, "Could These Crystals Help Us Travel Through Time?," 11 Feb. 2020 The residence at 5027 Radbrook Place has loads of curb appeal with its Spanish-style design and symmetrical landscaping. Dallas News, "Get out of the house on Mother’s Day and take a self-guided driving tour of posh Dallas homes," 8 May 2020

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First Known Use of symmetrical

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Symmetrical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/symmetrical. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for symmetrical

symmetrical

adjective
How to pronounce symmetrical (audio)

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 symmetric (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 symmetrically (audio) \ adverb

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