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SYMMETRY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does symmetry mean? 

SYMMETRY (noun)
  The noun SYMMETRY has 3 senses:

1. (mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact reflection of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane
2. balance among the parts of something
3. (physics) the property of being isotropic; having the same value when measured in different directions

  Familiarity information: SYMMETRY used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SYMMETRY (noun)


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Meaning:

(mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact reflection of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

symmetricalness; symmetry; correspondence; balance

Hypernyms ("symmetry" is a kind of...):

spatial property; spatiality (any property relating to or occupying space)

Domain category:

math; mathematics; maths (a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "symmetry"):

geometrical regularity; regularity (a property of polygons: the property of having equal sides and equal angles)

bilateral symmetry; bilateralism; bilaterality (the property of being symmetrical about a vertical plane)

radial symmetry (the property of symmetry about an axis)

Antonym:

asymmetry ((mathematics) a lack of symmetry)


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Meaning:

Balance among the parts of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

symmetry; proportion

Hypernyms ("symmetry" is a kind of...):

balance; counterbalance; equilibrium; equipoise (equality of distribution)


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Meaning:

(physics) the property of being isotropic; having the same value when measured in different directions

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

isotropy; symmetry

Hypernyms ("symmetry" is a kind of...):

property (a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class)

Domain category:

natural philosophy; physical science; physics (the science of matter and energy and their interactions)


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