• Showing the extent of the huge symmetrical complex
    Showing the extent of the huge symmetrical complex
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj symmetric having similarity in size, shape, and relative position of corresponding parts
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A symmetrical pattern, showing lines, beads and animal figures A symmetrical pattern, showing lines, beads and animal figures

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Symmetric Symmetrical.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • symmetric Same as symmetrical.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Symmetric having symmetry or due proportion in its parts: harmonious
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “People with great gifts are easy to find, but symmetrical and balanced ones never.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. and Gr. symmetriasyn, together, metron, a measure.


In literature:

The sea is figured by a blue surface with a symmetrical white pattern of a wavy nature.
"Arts and Crafts in the Middle Ages" by Julia De Wolf Addison
I assure you there is great pleasure in a symmetrical patch.
"A Crooked Path" by Mrs. Alexander
The complete rise and fall has been termed the great symmetrical barometric wave of November.
"The Hurricane Guide" by William Radcliff Birt
And yet there must be some real power in the symmetrical form itself to account for its symbolic career.
"Nature Mysticism" by J. Edward Mercer
They are generally well made and very symmetrical, of white ware, with decorations in black, brown, or red colors.
"Illustrated Catalogue Of The Collections Obtained From The Indians Of New Mexico And Arizona In 1879" by James Stevenson
The interrupting system is symmetrical with the first.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 365, December 30, 1882" by Various
A man, to be trained symmetrically, must be trained mentally, morally and physically.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
Very few specimens of any description are symmetrical or carefully finished.
"Archeological Investigations" by Gerard Fowke
The English walnut always attracts attention on account of its symmetrical growth and its luxuriant foliage.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the" by Various
He moulds, he renders symmetrical, the physical, the intellectual, the moral man.
"Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions" by George S. Boutwell
Arrange symmetrically in an earthen bowl, having the upper surface level.
"Salads, Sandwiches and Chafing-Dish Dainties" by Janet McKenzie Hill
They must be duly arranged so as to make a symmetrical whole.
"What is Darwinism?" by Charles Hodge
At one end of the ledge rose a giant tree wonderfully symmetrical, but of a peculiar form.
"The Skylark of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
They are symmetrical, erect and have dark green or light green foliage.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Having placed these symmetrically on the board, both slaves retired and relocked the door without saying a word.
"Martin Rattler" by R.M. Ballantyne
There were symmetrical rows of books on the shelves flanking the fire-place.
"Young Mr. Barter's Repentance" by David Christie Murray
Seeming to disapprove of the symmetrical structure, it hesitated to thrust its enormous length into the strange-looking thing.
"The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy" by Florence Partello Stuart
A ridge ran from south-east to north-west in symmetrical undulations up to 1,000 ft. from Petronilla to Cancha Huayo.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
In person he was of the ordinary height, and of symmetrical form.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
From this level, the tree branches profusely and has a symmetrical, rounded crown.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various

In poetry:

And underneath their vaulted branches,
Across the regularly drawn
Symmetric avenues, grow flowers
In flower-beds upon a lawn.
"The Linden Avenue" by Boris Pasternak
A monarch it stands of regnative power,
In a graceful symmetrical pose;
Whose arms weave a fairy, majestical bower
Where wood-nymphs their beauty disclose.
"The Tree Of State" by Jared Barhite
"You boil it in sawdust: you salt it in glue:
You condense it with locusts and tape:
Still keeping one principal object in view—
To preserve its symmetrical shape."
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
Effusive schoolgirls dote on it;
Whose "frontispieces" infinite
That need no decoration
Are hid beneath its golden dust,
Till many a fine, symmetric bust
Is lost to admiration.
"All the Rage" by Hattie Howard
I gazed at the azure-hued mantle of heaven,
The measureless depths of ethereal space;
I gazed at the clouds, so invisibly driven,
And an eagle, which wheeled with symmetrical grace.
"Suggested" by Alfred Castner King

In news:

The new mirror command in Delcam's PowerInspect 2012 saves programming time for symmetrical components.
Ice forms symmetrical patterns on a lake.
Symmetrical edit on a pair of identical surfaces using the Move tool.
Spurs suffer symmetric smackdown in Miami.
Reflections on a perfectly symmetric ellipse.
Both the inlet and outlet piping clearly aren't symmetrical , despite the designer being instructed to provide a symmetrical layout.
One way of achieving equal flow to every exchanger is making inlet and outlet piping symmetrical .
Martin Golubitsky, who heads Ohio State University's Mathematical Biosciences Institute, focused on such symmetric patterns and motions in his presentation "Patterns Patterns Everywhere".
One common type of symmetry is when we have symmetric values.
Even more graphs are {\em nearly} symmetric , in the sense that to each graph there is a closely similar graph that is symmetric .
The letter O, if shaped like a circle, is the most symmetrical of all.
A perfectly symmetrical face looks odd – Ms Hepburn's face is not symmetrical .
You can reject symmetry in design based on the fact that human beings are decidedly not symmetrical .
Cacti best suited to modern design have round, symmetrical forms.
Physical examination showed symmetrical breasts with no overlying skin or nipple changes.

In science:

T is a module for s, by g¯0 -invariance of the Lie bracket, equation (4.6) is satisfied for a symmetric bilinear form (.|.) : T × T → k and a skew-symmetric bilinear map d.,. : T × T → s.
New simple Lie superalgebras in characteristic 3
In the second lecture we will see that hermitean random matrix ensembles can be identified with symmetric coset spaces related to a compact symmetric subgroup.
Lectures on random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
As already mentioned, the reason we are interested in symmetric spaces in connection with RMT is that random matrix ensembles are identified with symmetric spaces.
Lectures on random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
In general, a symmetric space can be represented as a coset space of some Lie group G with respect to a symmetric subgroup H .
Lectures on random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
The coset space G/K = SU (3, C )/SO(3, R) is a symmetric space of compact type, and the related symmetric space of non–compact type is G∗/K = SL(3, R)/SO(3, R).
Lectures on random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
For each compact symmetric subgroup K there is a triplet of symmetric spaces corresponding to positive, zero, and negative curvature.
Lectures on random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
Limiting the discussion again to irreducible symmetric spaces, for β = 1 we are then dealing with the set of real, symmetric and traceless matrices.
Lectures on random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
This follows from the general theory of coordinate systems on symmetric spaces and from the identification of the radial coordinates on the symmetric space with the set of random matrix eigenvalues.
Lectures on random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
We also explained how symmetric spaces corresponding to compact symmetric subgroups are classified.
Lectures on random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
The zonal spherical functions are known in the theory of symmetric spaces, where they play the role of eigenfunctions for the radial part of the Laplace–Beltrami operator on the symmetric manifold.
Lectures on random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
Consider the set of al l symmetric 2n × 2n non-negative integer matrices which have the further constraint of being symmetric about the anti-diagonal.
Counting formulas associated with some random matrix averages
The random variable δi − δ ′′i is symmetric, hence it is distributed identically with εi (δi − δ ′′i ), where εi are −1, 1-valued symmetric random variables independent of all other random variables.
Sampling from large matrices: an approach through geometric functional analysis
The procedure consists in replacing e−2iπ ˆp2 /N in ˆU by the diagonal matrix (in p representation) (eiΦp δpp′ ), where Φp are random variables either independent (“non-symmetric case”) or verifying ΦN −p = Φp (“symmetric case”).
Intermediate quantum maps for quantum computation
General arguments indicate that for α irrational eigenvalue statistics for ISRM follow COE (symmetric case) or CUE (non-symmetric case).
Intermediate quantum maps for quantum computation
N → ∞ obeying aN = ±1 (mod b) , eigenvalue statistics follow the semi-Poisson prediction with β = b − 1 (non-symmetric case) or β = b/2 − 1 (symmetric case).
Intermediate quantum maps for quantum computation