symmetrical

adjective
sym·​met·​ri·​cal | \ sə-ˈme-tri-kəl How to pronounce symmetrical (audio) \
variants: or symmetric \ sə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce symmetrical (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

Other Words from symmetrical

symmetrically \ sə-​ˈme-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce symmetrical (audio) \ adverb
symmetricalness \ sə-​ˈme-​tri-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce symmetrical (audio) \ noun

Examples of symmetrical in a Sentence

The human body is symmetrical.
Recent Examples on the Web My calves were 21 inches and because of that, my body was much more symmetrical. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 10 Apr. 2022 Whether symmetrical or asymmetrical, the image should have a sense of balance visually and a radial arrangement as viewed from a central point. oregonlive, 4 May 2022 The Beaux Arts style, characterized by classical forms, massive proportions, and lavish, usually symmetrical, detailing, sprouted from the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. Leanne Italie, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Mar. 2022 The gardens near the Colonial Revival-style main house are formal and symmetrical. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 Gym loads are almost always perfectly symmetrical and balanced. Michael Easter, Men's Health, 1 Mar. 2022 The foliage has varied textures and symmetrical or asymmetrical shaped leaves that are sharp and spiky, wide and flat, broad and fleshy or needle thin, usually with a central cup. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Feb. 2022 But there had already been hints that something more complex was going on — that grid patterns weren’t always so perfectly organized and symmetrical even in just two dimensions. Quanta Magazine, 14 Oct. 2021 The sofas are all configured at an angle to break up the monotony of a classic, symmetrical living room, and all the fun, luxe fabrics warm up the open and airy space. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of symmetrical

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 May 2022

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“Symmetrical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/symmetrical. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for symmetrical

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 symmetrical (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 symmetrical (audio) \ adverb

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