Definition of tetrahedron in English:


Line breaks: tetra|he¦dron
Pronunciation: /ˌtɛtrəˈhiːdrən
, -ˈhɛd-/

noun (plural tetrahedra /-drə/ or tetrahedrons)

A solid having four plane triangular faces; a triangular pyramid.
More example sentences
  • In particular he identified the five elements, fire, earth, air, water and celestial matter with the five regular solids, the tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, icosahedron and the dodecahedron.
  • Plato believed that atoms have the shapes of regular polyhedra: cubes, tetrahedrons, octahedrons, and so on.
  • The new structure consists of 20 small crystalline tetrahedrons - pyramids with four triangular sides - that fit together a bit like sections of an orange.


late 16th century: from late Greek tetraedron, neuter (used as a noun) of tetraedros 'four-sided'.



More example sentences
  • Klee's mountains, pyramidal in form, might suggest to some the tetrahedral silicate structures of rock-forming minerals, but this connection may not have been in the mind of the artist.
  • By the 1880s Wislicenus was fully convinced of the tetrahedral carbon and promoted the design of experiments as a means of understanding the spatial arrangement of atoms in organic structures.
  • In designing aircraft his use of tetrahedral structural elements inspired him to develop and patent a system of space frame architecture.

Definition of tetrahedron in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day retroflex
Pronunciation: ˈrɛtrə(ʊ)flɛks
turned backwards