# diameter

## diameter

[dahy-am-i-ter]
noun
1.
Geometry.
a.
a straight line passing through the center of a circle or sphere and meeting the circumference or surface at each end.
b.
a straight line passing from side to side of any figure or body, through its center.
2.
the length of such a line.
3.
the width of a circular or cylindrical object.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English diametre < Old French < Latin diametros < Greek diámetros diagonal, diameter, equivalent to dia- dia- + -metros, derivative of métron meter1

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 diameter (daɪˈæmɪtə) —n 1. a.  a straight line connecting the centre of a geometric figure, esp a circle or sphere, with two points on the perimeter or surface b.  the length of such a line 2. the thickness of something, esp with circular cross section [C14: from Medieval Latin diametrus, variant of Latin diametros, from Greek: diameter, diagonal, from dia- + metron measure]

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diameter
late 14c., from O.Fr. diametre, from L. diametrus, from Gk. diametros "diagonal of a circle," from dia- "across, through" + metron "a measure" (see meter (2)).
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diameter di·am·e·ter (dī-ām'ĭ-tər)
n.

1. A straight line connecting two opposite points on the surface of a spherical or cylindrical body, or at the boundary of an opening or foramen, passing through the center of such body or opening.

2. The distance measured along such a line.

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Science Dictionary
 diameter   (dī-ām'ĭ-tər)  Pronunciation Key  A straight line segment that passes through the center of a circle or sphere from one side to the other. The length of such a line segment.
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Cultural Dictionary
diameter [(deye-am-uh-tuhr)]

A straight line passing through the center of a figure, especially a circle or sphere, and joining two opposite points on its circumference.

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### diameter definition

The diameter of a graph is the maximum value of the minimum distance between any two nodes.

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Example sentences
The fountain consists of 32 jets in the middle of a 60-foot-diameter circle in
which 159 granite boulders are arranged.
At an inch and a half in diameter, it is large as buttons go.
The diamond itself is about 2.5 centimeters in diameter.
To complete the scene, Pearson anchored the grove with a 48-inch-diameter
stone-and-concrete globe.
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