- Symmetry is an attribute where something is the same on both sides of an axis.
An example of symmetry is a circle that is the same on both sides if you fold it along its diameter.
symmetry definition by Webster's New World
- similarity of form or arrangement on either side of a dividing line or plane; correspondence of opposite parts in size, shape, and position; condition of being symmetrical: the whole or the corresponding parts are said to have symmetry
- balance or beauty of form or proportion resulting from such correspondence
Origin: ; from Middle French or L: Middle French symmetrie (now symétrie) ; from Classical Latin symmetria ; from Classical Greek ; from symmetros, measured together ; from syn-, together plush metron, a measure
symmetry definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. sym·me·tries
- Exact correspondence of form and constituent configuration on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane or about a center or an axis. See Synonyms at proportion.
- A relationship of characteristic correspondence, equivalence, or identity among constituents of an entity or between different entities: the narrative symmetry of the novel.
- Beauty as a result of balance or harmonious arrangement.
Origin: Latin symmetria, from Greek summetriā, from summetros, of like measure : sun-, syn- + metron, measure; see mē-2 in Indo-European roots.
symmetry - Ologies & -Isms Definition
See also form.asymmetry the quality or condition of lacking symmetry. — asymmetrical, asymmetric, adj. bisymmetry Botany. the condition of having two planes of symmetry at right angles to one another. —bisymmetric, bisymmetrical, adj. monosymmetry 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. symmetromania a mania for symmetry. symmetrophobia an abnormal fear or dislike of symmetry.
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symmetry - Science Definition
- 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.
- Physics See invariance.