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1. A word, phrase, verse, or sentence that reads the same backward or forward. For example: A man, a plan, a canal, Panama!
2. 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 Greek palindromos, running back again, recurring : palin, again; see kwel- in Indo-European roots + dromos, a running.]

pal′in·dro′mic (-drō′mĭk, -drŏm′ĭk) adj.


a word or phrase the letters of which, when taken in reverse order, give the same word or phrase, such as able was I ere I saw Elba
[C17: from Greek palindromos running back again, from palin again + -drome]
palindromic, palindromical adj


(ˈpæl ɪnˌdroʊm)

a word, line, verse, number, etc., reading the same backward as forward, as Madam, I'm Adam.
[1620–30; < Greek palíndromos recurring =pálin again, back + -dromos running (see -dromous)]
pal`in•drom′ic (-ˈdrɒm ɪk, -ˈdroʊ mɪk) adj.
pa•lin•dro•mist (pəˈlɪn droʊ mɪst) n.


A word or phrase that reads the same backwards.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.palindrome - a word or phrase that reads the same backward as forward
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
palindromeséquence palindromique


[ˈpælɪndrəʊm] Npalíndromo m


nPalindrom nt
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The goal was to create a palindrome that included the name of a well-known person, real or fictitious The contest drew a lot of attention to palindromes
Palindrome has created his first CD, Smiley Face Sticker, an album for kids that blends sing-out-loud fun with educational linguistic concepts such "alliteration", "anagrams", and "onomatopoeia".
While some people recognise a palindrome when they see one, fewer realise that a palindrome is a special case of a pattern and that these patterns are all around.
The idea of palindrome is expressed in the product's design: the appearance is the same from the front or backside.
Then, after introducing Mary Douglas's criteria for identifying the structure, it sets forth Chaucer's 'Pardoner's Tale" as a well-balanced palindrome, arguing for authorial intentionality by referencing a section of the "Parson's Tale.
7 and 8 show one of the main phenomena of "macroscopic fluctuations"--a palindrome effect--reproduced with HC program.
Today's date is a six-number palindrome - that is, a number or phrase that reads the same both backwards and forwards.
Palindrome is doing his best to explain why my broadband connection is rubbish.
Imagine sequencing something like this--how do you know which arm of the palindrome your sequence is from?
Lychrel numbers: A Lychrel number is a natural number which cannot form a palindrome through the iterative process of repeatedly reversing its base 10 digits and adding the resulting numbers.
Technology and the human body guide each other in strange, enlightening ways in the works of Palindrome, the Nuremberg-based performance group that fuses dance and digital media.
The book contains two lengthy poetry cycles, American Scream and Palindrome Apocalypse, as well as two prose pieces, one with a political orientation, the other in the style of an autobiographical literary analysis that provides the theoretical-historical framework for the author's own experiment in poetry.