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## sym·me·try

(sĭm′ĭ-trē)*n.*

*pl.*

**sym·me·tries**

**1.**The correspondence of the form and arrangement of elements or parts on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane or about a center or an axis: the symmetry of a butterfly's wings.

**2.**A relationship in which there is correspondence or similarity between entities or parts: the symmetry of the play, which opens and ends with a speech by a female character.

**3.**Beauty as a result of pleasing proportions or harmonious arrangement: "Here were the ringlets, framing a face of exquisite symmetry" (Clive Barker).

**4.**

*Physics*Invariance under transformation. For example, a system that is invariant under rotation has rotational symmetry.

[Latin symmetria, from Greek summetriā, from summetros,

*of like measure*: sun-,*syn-*+ metron,*measure*; see mē- in Indo-European roots.]## symmetry

(ˈsɪmɪtrɪ)*n*,

*pl*

**-tries**

**1.**similarity, correspondence, or balance among systems or parts of a system

**2.**(Mathematics)

*maths*an exact correspondence in position or form about a given point, line, or plane. See symmetrical

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**3.**beauty or harmony of form based on a proportionate arrangement of parts

**4.**(General Physics)

*physics*the independence of a property with respect to direction; isotropy

[C16: from Latin

*symmetria,*from Greek*summetria*proportion, from syn- +*metron*measure]## sym•me•try

(ˈsɪm ɪ tri)*n.,*

*pl.*

**-tries.**

**1.**the correspondence in size, form, and arrangement of parts on opposite sides of a plane, line, or point; regularity of form or arrangement in terms of like, reciprocal, or corresponding parts.

**2.**the proper or due proportion of the parts of a body or whole to one another with regard to size and form; excellence of proportion.

**3.**beauty based on or characterized by such excellence of proportion.

**4.**a type of regularity, as of a circle or other plane figure, that is characterized by the geometric operations, as rotation or reflection, that leave a figure unchanged.

**5.**a property of a physical system that allows the system to remain unchanged by a specific physical or mathematical transformation, as rotation or translation.

**syn:**symmetry, balance, proportion, harmony all denote qualities based on a correspondence or agreement, usu. pleasing, among the parts of a whole. symmetry implies a regularity in form and arrangement of corresponding parts:

*the perfect symmetry of pairs of matched columns.*balance implies equilibrium of dissimilar parts, often as a means of emphasis:

*a balance of humor and seriousness.*proportion implies a proper relation among parts:

*His long arms were not in proportion to his body.*harmony suggests a consistent, pleasing, or orderly combination of parts:

*harmony of color.*

## sym·me·try

(sĭm′ĭ-trē) An exact matching of form and arrangement of parts on opposite sides of a boundary, such as a plane or line, or around a central point or axis.

## Symmetry

See also form.

the quality or condition of lacking symmetry. —

**asymmetrical, asymmetric,***adj.**Botany.*the condition of having two planes of symmetry at right angles to one another. —

**bisymmetric, bisymmetrical,**

*adj.***1.**the state exhibited by a crystal, having three unequal axes with one oblique intersection; the state of being monoclinic. See also biology.

**2.**

*Biology.*the state of being zygomorphic, or bilaterally symmetric, or divisible into symmetrical halves by one plane only. See also

**zygomorphism.**See also

**PHYSICS.**—

**monosymmetric, monosymmetrical,**

*adj.*a mania for symmetry.

an abnormal fear or dislike of symmetry.

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Noun | 1. | symmetry - (mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact reflection of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or planespatial property, spatiality - any property relating to or occupying space 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; "the starfish illustrates radial symmetry" math, mathematics, maths - a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement |

2. | symmetry - balance among the parts of something | |

3. | symmetry - (physics) the property of being isotropic; having the same value when measured in different directionsproperty - a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class; "a study of the physical properties of atomic particles" natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics" |

## symmetry

*noun*

**1.**balance, proportion, regularity, form, order, harmony, correspondence, evenness the incredible beauty and symmetry of a snowflake

**2.**equality, agreement, balance, proportion, coordination, concord The superpowers pledged to maintain symmetry in their arms shipments.

## symmetry

*noun*

Satisfying arrangement marked by even distribution of elements, as in a design:

Translations

**تَماثُل، تَناسُق**

**simetria**

**symetrie**

**souměrnost**

**symmetri**

**simetrija**

**szimmetria**

**samhverfa**

**simetrija**

**simetriškai**

**simetrija**

**symetria**

**simetrija**

**simetrija**

**ความสมดุล**

**ความสมมาตร**

**bakışım**simetri

## symmetry

## symmetry

[ˈsɪmɪtrɪ]*n*→ simmetria

line symmetry → simmetria rispetto a una retta

rotational symmetry → simmetria rotazionale

## symmetry

(ˈsimitri)*noun*

the state in which two parts, on either side of a dividing line, are equal in size, shape and position.

**symˈmetrical**(-ˈme-)

*adjective*

having symmetry. The two sides of a person's face are never completely symmetrical.

**symˈmetrically**

*adverb*

## sym·me·try

*n.*simetría, correspondencia perfecta entre partes de un cuerpo colocadas en posición opuesta a un centro o axis.

## symmetry

*n*simetría

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