Definitions

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

  • noun A word, phrase, verse, or sentence that reads the same backward or forward. For example: A man, a plan, a canal, Panama!
  • noun A segment of double-stranded DNA in which the nucleotide sequence of one strand reads in reverse order to that of the complementary strand.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A word, verse, or sentence that reads the same either from left to right or from right to left. The English language has few palindromes. Examples are—“Madam, I'm Adam” (supposed speech of Adam to Eve); “lewd did I live & evil I did dwel” (John Taylor).

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

  • noun A word, verse, or sentence, that is the same when read backward or forward

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

  • noun A word, phrase, number or any other sequence of units which has the property of reading the same forwards as it does backwards, character for character, sometimes disregarding punctuation, capitalization and diacritics.
  • noun A poetic form in which the sequence of words reads the same in either direction.
  • noun genetics A stretch of DNA in which the sequence of nucleotides on one strand are in the reverse order to that of the complementary strand

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

  • noun a word or phrase that reads the same backward as forward

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Greek palindromos, running back again, recurring : palin, again; see kwel- in Indo-European roots + dromos, a running.]

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From Ancient Greek παλίνδρομος (palindromos, "running back again"), from πάλιν (palin, "back, again, back again") + δρόμος (dromos, "running, race, racecourse")

Examples

  • I can only liken this to one of Bob Dylans songs – written completely as a palindrome … or more recently Weird Als song also in palindrome entitled Bob.

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  • According to Wikipedia, a palindrome is “a word, phrase, number or other sequence of units that has the property of reading the same in either direction.”

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  • Just reading a palindrome is a pretty good mental workout.

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  • Just reading a palindrome is a pretty good mental workout.

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  • Just reading a palindrome is a pretty good mental workout.

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  • Just reading a palindrome is a pretty good mental workout.

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  • For the hook and the boot and the pink thing I am willing to offer a 10,000 word palindrome that is also an anagram for the first 10,000 words of the KJV Old Testament and also encodes a non-trivial portion of the genome of a healthy member of the mammal or fish species of your choice while still making at least three 3 pithy and trenchant observations about whatever it was

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  • And I thought my “I found a 1200 word palindrome to get out of a Music Theory final in grad school” was good …

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  • * A palindrome is a word, phrase or car repair manual which reads the same backwards and forwards.

    Heard By a Bird: December 3

  • And I thought my "I found a 1200 word palindrome to get out of a Music Theory final in grad school" was good...

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Comments

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  • palindrome: How I learned the definition:

    Anna is a palindrome. So is Otto.

    December 10, 2006

  • My favorite palindrome:

    A man, a plan, a canal: panama

    December 26, 2006

  • I always think of TMBG when I hear this word - not only "I Palindrome I" but so many of John L's lyrics are all about the palindromes.

    Also, for some reason this word reminds me of dromedary.

    May 18, 2007

  • Spot's regal lager's tops!

    September 17, 2007

  • Go hang a salami; I'm a lasagna hog!

    September 17, 2007

  • The longest palindrome in the world.

    September 17, 2007

  • Wow!

    September 17, 2007

  • That's just scary.

    September 18, 2007

  • Was it a car or a cat I saw?

    A Toyota's a Toyota.

    A dog, a panic in a pagoda.

    January 5, 2008

  • Do as I say, not as I do.

    January 24, 2008