Definition of hexagonal in English:

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hexagonal

Pronunciation: /hekˈsaɡənəl/

adjective

1Of or pertaining to a hexagon.
Example sentences
  • There are over a dozen pen-and-wash studies of figures in oval or hexagonal frames.
  • Over the banister, visitors saw the top of an elegant structure, narrow at the base, with an inner hexagonal column.
  • Double-panelled doors lead to a hexagonal dining room.
1.1(Of a solid) having a section that is a hexagon; constructed on a base that is a hexagon.
1.2Designating or pertaining to a crystal system in which three coplanar axes of equal length are separated by 60° and a fourth axis of a different length is at right angles to these.
Example sentences
  • Pure phase zirconium exists in a hexagonal close-packed crystal structure.
  • The inner core is pure iron in a hexagonal close-packed crystalline form.
  • These quartz crystals from Cumberland appear to possess normal hexagonal symmetry.
1.3(Of a mineral) crystallizing in a hexagonal system.

Derivatives

hexagonally

Pronunciation: /hekˈsagənəlē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • The carbon atoms arranged themselves as layered sheets of hexagonally bonded atoms.
  • As the protein concentration is increased further, there is a sharp transition from a disordered fluid to a hexagonally ordered crystal.
  • Thicker hexagonally shaped ice crystals indicate a higher concentration of ice-growth inhibitors.

Words that rhyme with hexagonal

diagonal, heptagonal, octagonal, tetragonal

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Syllabification: hex·ag·o·nal

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