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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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 The houses are built of brick or stone, and feature symmetrical, flat facades with a centered front door. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "French Provincial Design Has Always Set the Bar For Casual Elegance," 11 Jan. 2019 The Ryzen 7s and Ryzen 5s all feature symmetrical multi-threading (SMT) to double execution threads to eight. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "AMD announces new mobile Ryzen chips and finally gets into Chromebooks," 6 Jan. 2019 The Guardian’s architecture critic gained remarkable access to the world’s most secretive city, examined here alongside over 300 of Wainwright’s own photos, dominated by symmetrical buildings and sickly pastel hues. Curbed Staff, Curbed, "18 enticing new books on design, cities, and more," 14 Dec. 2018 That dense, symmetrical structure allows the metal alloy to stand up to intense pressures from all angles. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "Tomorrow's Prosthetic Implants May Be Made of This New Titanium Alloy," 25 July 2016 Kim’s completely sheer, sparkling dress was covered in delicate crystal embellishment, and featured a-symmetrical straps, a plunging neckline, and not a whole lot else. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian Just Wore What's Possibly Her Most Naked Dress Ever," 18 Dec. 2018

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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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