Definition of parallelepiped in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌparəlɛləˈpʌɪpɛd/
Pronunciation: /ˌparəlɛˈlɛpɪpɛd/


A solid body of which each face is a parallelogram.
Example sentences
  • The residential towers, which sit on vertical projections of the podium, are parallelepipeds, rotated 30° in relation to the podium, which is oriented toward the Manhattan street grid.
  • Embedded in a low, almost geological podium of slate shards, glass and grey aluminium, the canted parallelepipeds are constructed almost entirely of contiguous glass elements held in place by a skeletal steel frame.
  • The crystal systems are all parallelepipeds whose shapes are completely defined by the lengths of the three sides and by the three angles characterizing the parallelepiped.


Late 16th century: from Greek parallēlepipedon, from parallēlos 'beside another' + epipedon 'plane surface'.

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