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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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Keywords: palindrome, palindromic defect, rich words, full words, Rote words
A palindrome is defined as a word, phrase, or sequence that reads the same backward as forward.
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".
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.
Note, a palindrome can also be read upside down as in 1961; 3.
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.