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.

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Defining Qualities of Colonial Architecture American colonial homes are simple, symmetrical, and rectangular. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Here’s Why Colonial-Style Homes Reign Supreme," 2 May 2019 Paths 7, a repudiation of this regret, takes the form of a strikingly symmetrical pile of gold leaf situated just beneath the tip of a drop spindle pendulum. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "These Engaging, Immersive Works Erase the Line Between Art and Audience," 19 June 2019 Step 3: Make symmetrical black lines on the sides of your face. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "This Skeleton Face Paint Tutorial Is Actually Easier Than You Think," 18 June 2019 Built in 1750, the Federal-style house offers a gabled roof and a symmetrical three-bay facade in the center. Megan Barber, Curbed, "1750 house with plenty of historic charm asks $419K," 17 June 2019 Briefly, the stone should be eye-clean, meaning no flaws visible to the naked eye, contain as little color as possible and have a symmetrical cut. Mandy Behbehani, SFChronicle.com, "How to choose a lab-grown diamond," 10 June 2019 Although both CPUs pack four-cores with symmetrical multi-threading (AMD’s version Hyper-Threading), the key change between the two is the higher wattage. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Acer's latest laptops go all-AMD with Ryzen and Radeon inside," 23 May 2019 For years, growers have been creating apple trees—through a combination of breeding and horticultural management—that are flatter and more symmetrical so that humans can more easily find and pick apples. Jennifer Strong And Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "Robots Head for the Fields," 1 Oct. 2018 The influence by college donors is often much more symmetrical to political campaigns. Tyler Kingkade, Town & Country, "How the College Admissions Scandal Is Different From the Other Ways Rich Parents Help Their Kids Get Into School," 13 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of symmetrical

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 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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