Origin of fractalvia French ; from Classical Latin fractus (see fractus) + -al: coined (1975) by B. Mandelbrot: see Mandelbrot
Origin of fractalFrench, from Latin fractus, past participle of frangere, to break; see fraction.
- (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.
- See also fractal
- (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.