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 In such an environment, the Fed has rightly been concerned that a symmetrical 2% inflation target will tend to have an asymmetrical outcome. Stephanie Flanders, Bloomberg.com, "How the Covid Crisis Calls for a Makeover at the Fed and ECB," 10 Nov. 2020 The reality is, newscasters have always been hot—visually symmetrical, physically glossy, hyper-articulate, and appealingly stiff and withholding. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Everyone on Twitter Is Horny for Newscasters and Pollsters Like Steve Kornacki and Abby D. Phillip," 6 Nov. 2020 This matching set will provide a symmetrical modern look for you and your co-sleepers. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "The best bedside tables for your bedroom," 29 Oct. 2020 Also, how symmetrical (or not) the sole is will help determine precision and power. Will Egensteiner, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Rock Climbing Shoes," 29 Oct. 2020 Comcast, the nation's largest broadband provider, did not say when (or whether) a symmetrical 1.25Gbps service will go on sale. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Comcast says gigabit downloads and uploads are now possible over cable," 8 Oct. 2020 The work comments on both the ideal of symmetrical female beauty and the terror of being turned into a mere object, one on which cultural wars might be played out. New York Times, "The 25 Most Influential Works of American Protest Art Since World War II," 15 Oct. 2020 Normally, symmetrical gigabit speeds require a fiber-to-the-home connection. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Comcast says gigabit downloads and uploads are now possible over cable," 8 Oct. 2020 Each apartment had coaxial cable installed, configured for 50Mbps symmetrical connections to the building's 1Gbps WAN via Positron Access MOCA equipment—but there was no provision for wired networking within the units themselves. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Digital equity program in Maryland adds Plume Wi-Fi to its Internet access," 22 Sep. 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 25 Nov. 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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