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# Geometric

## CIDE DICTIONARY

**Geometric**, a. [L.

*geometricus*; Gr. : cf. F.

*géométrique*.].

- Pertaining to, or according to the rules or principles of, geometry; determined by geometry; as, a geometrical solution of a problem. [
*1913 Webster*] - characterized by simple geometric forms in design and decoration; as, a buffalo hide painted with red and black geometrical designs. [
*WordNet 1.5*]" Geometric is often used, as opposed to algebraic, to include processes or solutions in which the propositions or principles of geometry are made use of rather than those of algebra." [*1913 Webster*]" Geometrical is often used in a limited or strictly technical sense, as opposed to mechanical; thus, a construction or solution is geometrical which can be made by ruler and compasses,i. e. , by means of right lines and circles. Every construction or solution which requires any other curve, or such motion of a line or circle as would generate any other curve, is not geometrical, but mechanical. By another distinction, a geometrical solution is one obtained by the rules of geometry, or processes of analysis, and hence is exact; while a mechanical solution is one obtained by trial, by actual measurements, with instruments, etc., and is only approximate and empirical." [*1913 Webster*]

**Geometrical curve**.

**Geometric lathe**,

**Geometrical pace**,

**Geometric pen**,

**Geometrical plane**

*(Persp.)*,

**Geometrical progression**,

**proportion**,

**ratio**

**Geometrical radius**,

*Knight.*--

**Geometric spider**

*(Zoöl.)*,

**Geometric square**,

**Geometrical staircase**,

**Geometrical tracery**,

## OXFORD DICTIONARY

**Geometric**, adj. (also geometrical)

1 of, according to, or like geometry.

2 (of a design, architectural feature, etc.) characterized by or decorated with regular lines and shapes.

Idiom

geometric mean the central number in a geometric progression, also calculable as the nth root of a product of n numbers (as 9 from 3 and 27). geometric progression a progression of numbers with a constant ratio between each number and the one before (as 1, 3, 9, 27, 81). geometric tracery tracery with openings of geometric form.

Derivative

geometrically adv.

Etymology

F g{eacute}ometrique f. L geometricus f. Gk geometrikos (as GEOMETER)

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