fractal
frac·talGeom. an extremely irregular line or surface formed by the infinite repetition of a geometric pattern that becomes smaller and smaller with each repetition
Origin of fractal
via French from Classical Latin fractus (see fractus) + -al: coined (1975) by B. Mandelbrot: see Mandelbrotfractal
noun
An object whose parts, at infinitely many levels of magnification, appear geometrically similar to the whole. Fractals are used in the design of compact antennas and for computer modeling of natural-looking structures like clouds and trees.
Origin of fractal
French from Latin frāctus past participle of frangere to break ; see fraction .Related Forms:
- frac′tal
adjective
fractal
fractal
Noun
(plural fractals)
- (mathematics) A mathematical set that has a non-integer and constant Hausdorff dimension; a geometric figure that is self-similar at all scales.
- (figuratively) An object, system, or idea that exhibits a fractal-like property.
Hyponyms
- See also fractal
Adjective
(not comparable)
- (mathematics) Having the form of a fractal.
fractal - Computer Definition
From the Latin fractus, translating as broken or fractured. An irregular or fragmented geometric shape that can be repeatedly subdivided into parts, each of which is a smaller copy of the whole. In words, a complex irregular object that is self-similar. Examples of fractal objects include mountain ranges, clouds, and lightening bolts. See also fractal transform.