# 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

symmetricalness \ sə-​ˈme-​tri-​kəl-​nəs \ 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. 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. Step 3: Make symmetrical black lines on the sides of your face. Built in 1750, the Federal-style house offers a gabled roof and a symmetrical three-bay facade in the center. 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. 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. 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. The influence by college donors is often much more symmetrical to political campaigns.

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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

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