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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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 The distribution of charge is much more symmetrical around the equator. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Physicists report electron is round—what does that mean?," 7 Nov. 2018 Cut along the perimeter to get a perfectly symmetrical aircraft. Barnaby Waifan, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make the Best Paper Airplane," 2 Aug. 2017 My hairstylist Kat Zemtsova blew out my curly hair for smooth, bouncy texture like Harley's, then used bungee bands (your best bet for a long night of bad behavior) to tie my hair into two, perfectly-symmetrical pigtails. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "The DIY Guide to Being Harley Quinn This Halloween," 10 Aug. 2016 Their flower buds are known for being almost perfectly symmetrical. Rebecca Shinners, Country Living, "19 Facts Every Tulip Lover Should Know," 16 July 2015 That engine is paired with an eight-speed, high-torque Lineartronic continuously variable transmission with always-on symmetrical all-wheel drive. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Safety first, last, and always: The Subaru Ascent, reviewed," 25 Oct. 2018 There was further talk about the Subaru’s symmetrical system, which was designed to optimize both traction and balance, the power routed to all four wheels, insuring outstanding grip in rough terrain and poor weather. David Gilbert, The New Yorker, "Fungus," 4 June 2017 YouTuber Joanna Spicer has a quick routine that helps her get symmetrical, smooth wings every time. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "How to Apply Eyeliner That's Even, Straight, and Really, Really Pretty," 23 Jan. 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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