Definition of geometric in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdʒɪəˈmɛtrɪk/
(also geometrical)


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1Relating to geometry, or according to its methods.
Example sentences
  • This is a remarkable mathematical theory combining powerful algebraic and geometric methods.
  • In the next 2000 years no one found an exact geometric method for 7-gons or 9-gons but also no one had proved it was impossible to construct such regular polygons.
  • Methods for precise geometric descriptions, necessary for visualization, were formulated later.
2Characterized by or decorated with regular lines and shapes: a geometric pattern
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  • These tiles are characterized by slender lines, geometric shapes, or more free-form patterns.
  • Libyan artisans use intricate lines and geometric shapes in their carpets, embroidered goods, jewelry, leather goods, tiles, and pottery.
  • My newer ties are splashier, with brightly colored splotches, wildly zigzagging lines, and unusual geometric shapes.
2.1 (Geometric) Archaeology Relating to or denoting a period of Greek culture (around 900–700 bc) characterized by geometrically decorated pottery.
Example sentences
  • This area along the north slope of the Areiopagos was one of the richest cemeteries of early Athens, in continuous use from the Mycenaean period well into the Geometric era.
  • This tradition has its roots in the Protogeometric and Geometric periods and perhaps continues into Classical and Hellenistic times at Lato.
  • The horse's head, with a cropped mane that recalls artifacts from ancient Greece's Geometric period, is also gilt, and it is considerably more detailed than the body.
2.2 (Geometric or Geometrical) Architecture Relating to or denoting a style of Early English tracery based on the geometry of circles.


A geometric pattern.
Example sentences
  • For example, she replaces bold geometrics with abstracted natural patterns in floor-coverings and uses branch-like forms overhead to make ceilings reminiscent of tree canopies.
  • In quilting, geometrics have traditionally imposed the formats, the patterns.
  • ‘When we overlay, we look at all the geometrics of the highway,’ Lemire said.



Pronunciation: /dʒiːəˈmɛtrɪk(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • I can't be geometrically accurate about that, but there are proportions that are comfortable and proportions that aren't, and the ceiling height is an important part.
  • He thought it would be ineffective because he had formulated the hypothesis that population increases geometrically while food supplies increase arithmetically.
  • The streets are laid out geometrically and the blocks filled with enormous buildings, some of brick and some of fabricated steel.


Mid 17th century: via French from Latin geometricus, from Greek geōmetrikos, from geōmetrēs (see geometer).

Words that rhyme with geometric

anthropometric, asymmetric, diametric, isometric, kilometric, metric, obstetric, psychometric, pyrometric, sociometric

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