fractal
frac·talOrigin of fractal
via French from Classical Latin fractus (see fractus) + -al: coined (1975) by B. Mandelbrot: see Mandelbrot
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fractal
noun
Origin of fractal
French from Latin frāctus past participle of frangere to break ; see fraction .Related Forms:
- frac′tal
adjective
fractal
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(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.
- See also fractal
(not comparable)
- (mathematics) Having the form of a fractal.
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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.
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