symmetry

symmetry
n. (pl. -ies)
1 a correct proportion of the parts of a thing; balance, harmony. b beauty resulting from this.
2 a a structure that allows an object to be divided into parts of an equal shape and size and similar position to the point or line or plane of division. b the possession of such a structure. c approximation to such a structure.
3 the repetition of exactly similar parts facing each other or a centre.
4 Bot. the possession by a flower of sepals and petals and stamens and pistils in the same number or multiples of the same number.
Derivatives:
symmetric adj. symmetrical adj. symmetrically adv. symmetrize v.tr. (also -ise).
Etymology: obs. F symmeacutetrie or L summetria f. Gk (as SYN-, metron measure)

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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