• Showing the extent of the huge symmetrical complex
    Showing the extent of the huge symmetrical complex
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj symmetrical exhibiting equivalence or correspondence among constituents of an entity or between different entities
    • adj symmetrical 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
    • Symmetrical Having a common measure; commensurable.
    • Symmetrical (Bot) Having a likeness in the form and size of floral organs of the same kind; regular.
    • Symmetrical (Bot) Having an equal number of parts in the successive circles of floral organs; -- said of flowers.
    • Symmetrical (Math) Having corresponding parts or relations.
    • Symmetrical (Biol) Having the organs or parts of one side corresponding with those of the other; having the parts in two or more series of organs the same in number; exhibiting a symmetry. See Symmetry, 2.
    • Symmetrical Involving or exhibiting symmetry; proportional in parts; having its parts in due proportion as to dimensions; as, a symmetrical body or building.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • symmetrical Well-proportioned in its parts; having its parts in due proportion as to dimensions; harmonious: as, a symmetrical building; his form was very symmetrical.
    • symmetrical Composed of two parts whose geometrical relations to one another are those of a body and its image in a plane mirror, every element of form having a corresponding element upon the opposite side of a median or symmetral plane, upon one continued perpendicular to that plane and at the same distance from it: said also of each part relatively to the corresponding part: as, the right arm is symmetrical with the left.
    • symmetrical In a weakened sense, in zoology, having similar parts in reversed repetition on the two sides of a median plane, or meson, through an axis of the body, generally the longitudinal. Not all the parts need so correspond, nor need those which do correspond be equal.
    • symmetrical Composed of parts or determined by elements similarly related to one another, and either having no determinate order (as the three lines which by their junction form a summit of a cube) or else in regular cyclical order: said also of the parts in their mutual relation.
    • symmetrical Specifically, in botany, of flowers, numerically regular; having the number of members the same in all the cycles or series of organs—that is, of sepals, petals, stamens, and carpels: same as isomerous, except that in a symmetrical flower there may be more than one set of the same kind of organs. Compare regular, a., 7.
    • symmetrical In organic chemistry, noting compounds which contain atoms or groups at equal relative intervals in the molecule: thus, for example, chlorobenzene, which has the formula and ethylene chlorid, ClCH2.CH2C1, are both symmetrical compounds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Symmetrical 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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. symétrique,. See Symmetry
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. and Gr. symmetriasyn, together, metron, a measure.


In literature:

In Syria, however, the positions suitable for the construction of fortresses hardly ever lent themselves to a symmetrical plan.
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 4 (of 12)" by G. Maspero
He aimed at and attained the symmetrical balance of an old Greek play.
"The Great German Composers" by George T. Ferris
His very lack of passion and fire were favorable to this clear-cut and symmetrical expression.
"Great Violinists And Pianists" by George T. Ferris
Thus the navy has expanded smoothly, symmetrically, purposefully.
"The Navy as a Fighting Machine" by Bradley A. Fiske
Henry sat on the fine old porch with its symmetrical pillars.
"The Shoulders of Atlas" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
A few symmetrical arabesques, similarly outlined and coloured, fill in some of the remaining spaces.
"English Embroidered Bookbindings" by Cyril James Humphries Davenport
The handles are not symmetrical, the sides for the thumb being shaved out so as to fit the muscles conveniently.
"Throwing-sticks in the National Museum" by Otis T. Mason
It is a rational and symmetrical method.
"International Conference Held at Washington for the Purpose of Fixing a Prime Meridian and a Universal Day. October, 1884." by Various
Doctor Prescott never smiled with his eyes, but only with a symmetrical curving and lengthening of his finely cut, thin lips.
"Jerome, A Poor Man" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Symmetrical bossing of the skull was present in the case shown in Figs.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

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:

When Symmetrical Design Doesn't Work.
New Vets sculpture 'Rise' in Metairie is too small and symmetrical .
"How do I keep my onside and offside turns symmetrical .".
Why was the Voyager aircraft not symmetrical .
Let's first dive into examples of art displayed in symmetrical ways, which many believe is most soothing to the eye.
Most symmetrical displays begin with frames of a consistent size.
So it goes when suburbanites Nick and Honey Addams return home after a night out to find their babysitter, Jessica Lake, dead, her wrists symmetrically bound to the Adams's bed.
For instance, we prove that pruning all symmetric values is NP-hard in general.
The Palestinians and the Jews would be shown as symmetrical victims of each other's hatreds.
Your June 2 news article "Alabama Acts to Limit Huge Awards by Juries" masks the real issue by suggesting two symmetrical sides: allow large punitive-damage verdicts or restrict them.
The flap featuring Rush Limbaugh, Media Matters, and illustrates the importance not only of keeping facts straight but also of lining up symmetrical perspectives.
Cacti best suited to modern design have round, symmetrical forms.
A man born with lopsided testicles has become the first person ever to have them made more symmetrical with — get this — a chin implant.
Therefore, we compress all basic symmetric subgraphs before extracting compressed subgraphs and propose an efficient decompression algorithm to decompress all compressed subgraphs without loss of any information.
Small Symmetrical Auto Dagger .

In science:

Immediate applications of our method include the Gaussian Orthogonal (Invariant) Ensemble of random matrices (GOE) and the Gaussian anti-symmetric (or skew-symmetric) Hermitian random matrices with independent elements.
Estimates for moments of random matrices with Gaussian elements
B † −AT (cid:19) , where A is Hermitian and, depending on the underlying symmetries, the matrix B is symmetric or anti-symmetric.
Random Matrices
Likely the spherically symmetric configuration is unstable to collapse toward a less symmetric one.
Open Heterotic Strings
Ln : Hn → Hn ; (ii) hf , Lnf in > 0 for f ∈ Hn\{0}; (iii) for all f ∈ Loc, there exist n0 ∈ N such that Lnf = Lf for n ≥ n0 ; (iv) if L is a symmetric operator, then Ln is also a symmetric operator.
Finite-dimensional approximation for the diffusion coefficient in the simple exclusion process
Moreover, this bilinear map [., .] is symmetric if and only if l is congruent to 2 or 3 modulo 4, and it is skew-symmetric otherwise.
Some new simple modular Lie superalgebras