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[hek-suh-gon, -guh n] /ˈhɛk səˌgɒn, -gən/
a polygon having six angles and six sides.
Origin of hexagon
1560-70; < Greek hexágōnon. See hexa-, -gon Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hexagon
  • In the periodic spiral, one hexagon equals one element.
  • The coherence of the country is commonly defined even by its shape, the hexagon.
  • The mirror, a perfect hexagon of gunmetal gray, stands vertically on a low platform.
  • The previous owner put the original tower up in the shape of a hexagon.
  • Occurrences of amphibians have been compiled on a hexagon-based distribution.
  • Most of the wafers are hexagon-shaped, though some are half-hexagons near the edge of the array.
  • Click on the hexagon and a pop-up dialog will appear with summary information about the intersection.
British Dictionary definitions for hexagon


a polygon having six sides
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Word Origin and History for hexagon

1560s, from Latin hexagonum, from Greek hexagonon, from hex "six" (see hexa-) + gonia "angle" (see knee (n.)).

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hexagon in Science
A polygon having six sides.
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hexagon in Culture

hexagon definition

A polygon having six sides.

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