American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or exhibiting symmetry.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Well-proportioned in its parts; having its parts in due proportion as to dimensions; harmonious: as, a symmetrical building; his form was very symmetrical.
- Composed of two parts whose geometrical relations to one another are those of a body and its image in a plane mirror, every element of form having a corresponding element upon the opposite side of a median or symmetral plane, upon one continued perpendicular to that plane and at the same distance from it: said also of each part relatively to the corresponding part: as, the right arm is symmetrical with the left.
- In a weakened sense, in zoology, having similar parts in reversed repetition on the two sides of a median plane, or meson, through an axis of the body, generally the longitudinal. Not all the parts need so correspond, nor need those which do correspond be equal.
- Composed of parts or determined by elements similarly related to one another, and either having no determinate order (as the three lines which by their junction form a summit of a cube) or else in regular cyclical order: said also of the parts in their mutual relation.
- Specifically, in botany, of flowers, numerically regular; having the number of members the same in all the cycles or series of organs—that is, of sepals, petals, stamens, and carpels: same as isomerous, except that in a symmetrical flower there may be more than one set of the same kind of organs. Compare regular, a., 7.
- In organic chemistry, noting compounds which contain atoms or groups at equal relative intervals in the molecule: thus, for example, chlorobenzene, which has the formula and ethylene chlorid, ClCH2.CH2C1, are both symmetrical compounds.
- adj. Exhibiting symmetry; having harmonious or proportionate arrangement of parts; having corresponding parts or relations
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Involving or exhibiting symmetry; proportional in parts; having its parts in due proportion as to dimensions.
- adj. (Biol.) Having the organs or parts of one side corresponding with those of the other; having the parts in two or more series of organs the same in number; exhibiting a symmetry. See Symmetry, 2.
- adj. Having an equal number of parts in the successive circles of floral organs; -- said of flowers.
- adj. Having a likeness in the form and size of floral organs of the same kind; regular.
- adj. (Math.) Having a common measure; commensurable.
- adj. Having corresponding parts or relations.
- adj. exhibiting equivalence or correspondence among constituents of an entity or between different entities
- adj. having similarity in size, shape, and relative position of corresponding parts
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