symmetrical

adjective sym·met·ri·cal \ sə-ˈme-tri-kəl \
variants: or symmetric play \sə-ˈme-trik\
|Updated on: 14 Jun 2018

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
4 a : 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

symmetrically

play \sə-ˈme-tri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

symmetricalness

play \sə-ˈme-tri-kəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of symmetrical in a Sentence

  1. The human body is symmetrical.

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First Known Use of symmetrical

1653

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SYMMETRICAL Defined for English Language Learners

symmetrical

Definition of symmetrical for English Language Learners

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


SYMMETRICAL Defined for Kids

symmetrical

adjective sym·met·ri·cal \ sə-ˈme-tri-kəl \
variants: or symmetric \-rik\

Definition of symmetrical for Students

: having or showing symmetry
  • a symmetrical shape

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symmetrical

adjective sym·met·ri·cal \ sə-ˈme-tri-kəl \
variants: or symmetric play \-trik\

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

symmetrically

play \-tri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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