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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
 adjective Having a substructure analogous or identical to an overall structure. In mathematics, certain geometrical objects such as line segments and fractals are selfsimilar to an arbitrary level of magnification; many natural phenomena, such as clouds and plants, are selfsimilar to some degree.
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 adjective Having
selfsimilarity ; having parts that resemble the whole, as afractal has.
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Examples

The ribs are lined with series of 6 round panels organized in a selfsimilar, nonrecursive pattern generated through a fractal algorithm.

Hugh Kenner, whose 1971 magnum opus gave McGurl his name for the earlier era, wrote that modernist literary texts are “selfsimilar” or “scaling objects,” terms derived from Benoit Mandelbrot, the inventor of fractal geometry.

The selfreplicating, selfsimilar geology of San Lucido

The selfreplicating, selfsimilar geology of San Lucido

The selfreplicating, selfsimilar geology of San Lucido

But what if literary texts or at least a significant number of them are not selfsimilar tissues of selfconsistent details, but something looser, more informal, perhaps even more extemporaneous?

Fractal Geometry is the study of selfsimilar structures and is at the conceptual core of understanding nature's complexity.
Fractal Geometry, Human Emotion and Social Marketing  Tom Troja  MediaBizBloggers

But what if literary texts or at least a significant number of them are not selfsimilar tissues of selfconsistent details, but something looser, more informal, perhaps even more extemporaneous?

Fractal Geometry is the study of selfsimilar structures and is at the conceptual core of understanding nature's complexity.
Fractal Geometry, Human Emotion and Social Marketing  Tom Troja  MediaBizBloggers

Hugh Kenner, whose 1971 magnum opus gave McGurl his name for the earlier era, wrote that modernist literary texts are “selfsimilar” or “scaling objects,” terms derived from Benoit Mandelbrot, the inventor of fractal geometry.
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