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diametrical

Line breaks: dia|met¦ric¦al
Pronunciation: /ˌdʌɪəˈmɛtrɪk(ə)l
 
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Definition of diametrical in English:

adjective

1(Of opposites) complete; absolute: he’s the diametrical opposite of Gabriel
More example sentences
  • Lester Bangs and Ian MacDonald have more than that in common, although in many ways they were diametrical opposites.
  • But what passes for secularism in India is often the diametrical opposite of what goes by the same name in the West.
  • ‘The only way you can write something that survives is that someone who's your diametrical opposite can agree with it,’ says Jimmy Wales, a founder of Wikipedia.
Synonyms
direct, absolute, complete, exact, extreme
2Of or along a diameter.
Example sentences
  • The rum-shop and grocery that stood on the diametrical axis, across Old St Joseph Road from our front-bedroom, was frequently robbed.
  • Other available test methods include axial compression (UCS based) and indirect diametrical tensile testing, which is preferred by Austab.
  • Where direct determination is to be performed, a variety of test methods (including repeated load triaxial, indirect diametrical tensile and unconfined compression) are available.

Origin

mid 16th century (in sense 2): from Greek diametrikos (from diametros 'measuring across': see diameter) + -al.

Derivatives

diametric

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Clearly, there is a diametric difference of opinion as to whether the handling of the BTC sale conformed to the law, with the Government and the would-be buyers insisting that it did, and their detractors insisting that it did not.
  • Alex is almost the diametric opposite of Kylie.
  • He is conscious that at the moment the British press have warmed to him, intrigued by the diametric polarities between his personality and Trevor's.

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