# symmetrical

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

## 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 \ adverb
symmetricalness \ sə-​ˈme-​tri-​kəl-​nəs \ 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. The distribution of charge is much more symmetrical around the equator. Cut along the perimeter to get a perfectly symmetrical aircraft. 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. Their flower buds are known for being almost perfectly symmetrical. That engine is paired with an eight-speed, high-torque Lineartronic continuously variable transmission with always-on symmetrical all-wheel drive. 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. YouTuber Joanna Spicer has a quick routine that helps her get symmetrical, smooth wings every time.

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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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## English Language Learners Definition of symmetrical

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

symmetrical

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

## Kids Definition of symmetrical

: having or showing symmetry a symmetrical shape

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sym·​met·​ri·​cal | \ sə-ˈme-tri-kəl \
variants: or symmetric \ -​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

Other Words from symmetrical

symmetrically \ -​tri-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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