Definition of diametrical in English:


Line breaks: dia|met¦ric¦al
Pronunciation: /ˌdʌɪəˈmɛtrɪk(ə)l


  • 1(Of opposites) complete; absolute: he’s the diametrical opposite of Gabriel
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    • 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.
    direct, absolute, complete, exact, extreme
  • 2Of or along a diameter.
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    • 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.



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  • 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.


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

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