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[jee-uh-me-trik] /ˌdʒi əˈmɛ trɪk/
adjective, Also, geometrical
of or relating to geometry or to the principles of geometry.
resembling or employing the simple rectilinear or curvilinear lines or figures used in geometry.
of or relating to painting, sculpture, or ornamentation of predominantly geometric characteristics.
(often initial capital letter) Fine Arts.
  1. pertaining to or designating a style of vase painting developed in Greece between the 10th and 8th centuries b.c., characterized chiefly by rectilinear or curvilinear shapes in abstract and human figuration, often arranged in tiers or panels around the vase.
  2. designating a style of Greek sculpture of approximately the same period, exemplified chiefly in small figurines or reliefs having a schematic and generalized treatment of the human form.
a geometric pattern, design, etc.:
an ornate and handsome geometric.
Origin of geometric
1620-30; < Latin geōmetricus < Greek geōmetrikós, equivalent to geométr(ēs) (see geometer) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
geometrically, adverb
nongeometric, adjective
nongeometrical, adjective
nongeometrically, adverb
semigeometric, adjective
semigeometrical, adjective
semigeometrically, adverb
subgeometric, adjective
subgeometrical, adjective
subgeometrically, adverb
ungeometric, adjective
ungeometrical, adjective
ungeometrically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for geometrical
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  • Galileo had now made such progress that he was able to continue his geometrical studies by himself.

    Great Astronomers R. S. Ball
  • When he was tired he rested himself by the solving of a geometrical problem.

    A Boy I Knew and Four Dogs Laurence Hutton
  • But it is not necessary to construct the geometrical figure, as I will show presently.

  • There are forces in the world which work, not in an arithmetical, but in a geometrical ratio of increase.

    The Republic Plato
  • At the top, in red ink, was a drawing of the three geometrical eyes.

    The Three Eyes Maurice Leblanc
  • Or, how could the surfaces of geometrical figures have formed solids?

    Timaeus Plato
  • The very lines of his face were drawn with the precision, the finality, of a geometrical figure.

    The Ancient Law Ellen Glasgow
  • Are they not divided by an interval which no geometrical ratio can express?

    Statesman Plato
  • By the combination and repetition of a finite number of geometrical Discontinuous groups arising from geometrical operations.

British Dictionary definitions for geometrical


of, relating to, or following the methods and principles of geometry
consisting of, formed by, or characterized by points, lines, curves, or surfaces: a geometric figure
(of design or ornamentation) composed predominantly of simple geometric forms, such as circles, rectangles, triangles, etc
Derived Forms
geometrically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for geometrical

late 14c., from Latin geometricus "of geometry," from geometria (see geometry) + -al. Opposed to arithmetical in ratio, proportion, etc., reflecting the fact that problems of multiplication formerly were dealt with by geometry, not arithmetic. Related: Geometrically.



1620s, shortened form of geometrical. As a style of ancient Greek pottery and associated culture, 1902.

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