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1. See rhombus.
2. A rhombohedral crystal.

[Late Latin rhombus; see rhombus.]


(Mathematics) another name for rhombus


(ˈrɒm bəs)

n., pl. -bus•es, -bi (-bī).
1. an equilateral parallelogram having oblique angles.
[1560–70; < Latin < Greek rhómbos bull-roarer, whirling motion, lozenge, derivative of rhémbesthai to come and go, wander, revolve]
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Noun1.rhomb - a parallelogram with four equal sidesrhomb - a parallelogram with four equal sides; an oblique-angled equilateral parallelogram
parallelogram - a quadrilateral whose opposite sides are both parallel and equal in length
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If they would, for example, praise the beauty of a woman, or any other animal, they describe it by rhombs, circles, parallelograms, ellipses, and other geometrical terms, or by words of art drawn from music, needless here to repeat.
See, though from far, His thousands, in what martial equipage They issue forth, steel bows and shafts their arms, Of equal dread in flight or in pursuit-- All horsemen, in which fight they most excel; See how in warlike muster they appear, In rhombs, and wedges, and half-moons, and wings.
These rhombs have certain angles, and the three which form the pyramidal base of a single cell on one side of the comb, enter into the composition of the bases of three adjoining cells on the opposite side.
41421 (or at some lesser distance), from the centres of the six surrounding spheres in the same layer; and at the same distance from the centres of the adjoining spheres in the other and parallel layer; then, if planes of intersection between the several spheres in both layers be formed, there will result a double layer of hexagonal prisms united together by pyramidal bases formed of three rhombs; and the rhombs and the sides of the hexagonal prisms will have every angle identically the same with the best measurements which have been made of the cells of the hive-bee.
In ordinary combs it has appeared to me that the bees do not always succeed in working at exactly the same rate from the opposite sides; for I have noticed half-completed rhombs at the base of a just-commenced cell, which were slightly concave on one side, where I suppose that the bees had excavated too quickly, and convex on the opposed side, where the bees had worked less quickly.