from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A geometric pattern that is repeated at ever smaller scales to produce irregular shapes and surfaces that cannot be represented by classical geometry. Fractals are used especially in computer modeling of irregular patterns and structures in nature.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) A geometric figure that repeats itself under several levels of magnification, and that shows self-similarity on all scales.
- n. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) A geometric figure that appears irregular at all scales of length, e.g. a fern.
- adj. Having the form of a fractal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (mathematics) a geometric pattern that is repeated at every scale and so cannot be represented by classical geometry
French, from Latin frāctus, past participle of frangere, to break; see fraction.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French fractal, from Latin fractus ("broken"), perfect passive participle of frangō ("break, fragment"). (Wiktionary)