from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having all sides or faces equal.
  • noun A side exactly equal to others.
  • noun A geometric figure having all sides equal.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In geometry, having all the sides equal: as, an equilateral triangle.
  • In zoology: Having the two sides equal: said of surfaces which can be divided into two parts of the same form by a longitudinal median line.
  • Having all the sides equal.
  • Having all the convolutions of the shell in one plane: said chiefly of foraminifers.
  • noun A figure having all its sides equal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A side exactly corresponding, or equal, to others; also, a figure of equal sides.
  • adjective Having all the sides equal
  • adjective (Geom.) one whose axes are equal.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) one in which a transverse line drawn through the apex of the umbo bisects the valve, or divides it into two equal and symmetrical parts.
  • adjective applied to two figures, when every side of the one has its equal among the sides of the other.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective geometry Referring to a polygon all of whose sides are of equal length. Not necessarily a regular polygon since the angles can still differ (a regular polygon would also be equiangular).
  • noun An equilateral triangle

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a figure whose sides are all equal
  • adjective having all sides or faces equal


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