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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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Palindromists attempt to mold a palindrome to the complex contours of some rhymed poetical form chiefly for the sake of the mental challenge the problem presents and the satisfaction to be found in solving it, and not primarily, as with other poetry, to share with others the poet's ideas or impressions.
To Borgmann, as to many other palindromists then and now, one's objective in composing a palindromic sentence is straightforward: one simply tries to achieve the best lucidity, propriety of language and naturalness of expression that palindromicity and the rules of grammar permit.
com'> reports that he is working on a book about palindromists throughout history, specifically including Howard Bergerson, Dmitri Borgmann, J.
I asked several of the palindromists who were in the geopalcontest that resulted in a lot of new geograhical palindromes.
This proposed film will follow the greatest palindromists in the world leading up to the second-ever World Palindrome Championship in early 2017.
Historical rather than logological studies, they are of considerable interest to palindromists of an historical turn of mind both for their comprehensive discussion of the well-known sator word square and for their deeply-researched survey of examples of ancient and medieval palindromic writing, many of which I have never seen mentioned elsewhere in wordplay literature.
Saint Simo is, of course, the patron saint of palindromists, or of simolarity by virtue of reversal.
Well known palindromists dominated the SymmyS nominations and awards, starting with the World Palindrome Championship finalists: Jon Agee, John Connett, MIT Professor Nick Montfort, Barry Duncan (about whom The Believer wrote a much-publicized feature article), Doug Fink, and Martin Clear of Australia.