isometric projection

isometric

[ahy-suh-me-trik]
adjective Also, isometrical.
1.
of, pertaining to, or having equality of measure.
2.
of or pertaining to isometric exercise.
3.
Crystallography. noting or pertaining to that system of crystallization that is characterized by three equal axes at right angles to one another. Compare crystal system.
4.
Prosody. of equal measure; made up of regular feet.
5.
Drafting. designating a method of projection (isometric projection) in which a three-dimensional object is represented by a drawing (i·somet·ric draw·ing) having the horizontal edges of the object drawn usually at a 30° angle and all verticals projected perpendicularly from a horizontal base, all lines being drawn to scale. Compare orthographic projection.
noun
6.
isometrics, isometric exercise ( def 1 ).
7.
an isometric drawing.
8.
Also called isometric line. Physics. isochore ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1830–40; < Greek isometr(ía) isometry + -ic

isometrically, adverb
pseudoisometric, adjective
unisometrical, adjective
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isometric (ˌaɪsəʊˈmɛtrɪk)
 
adj
1.  having equal dimensions or measurements
2.  physiol of or relating to muscular contraction that does not produce shortening of the muscle
3.  (of a crystal or system of crystallization) having three mutually perpendicular equal axes
4.  crystallog another word for cubic
5.  prosody having or made up of regular feet
6.  (of a method of projecting a drawing in three dimensions) having the three axes equally inclined and all lines drawn to scale
 
n
7.  Also called: isometric drawing a drawing made in this way
8.  Also called: isometric line a line on a graph showing variations of pressure with temperature at constant volume
 
[C19: from Greek isometria (see iso- + -metry) + -ic]
 
iso'metrically
 
adv

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isometric
1840, coined from Gk. isos "equal" + metron "measure" (see meter (2)). Originally a method of using perspective in drawing; the physiological sense relating to muscular action is from 1891, borrowed from Ger. isometrisch (1882). Isomer is an 1866 back-formation; isometrics coined 1962 in Amer.Eng.
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isometric i·so·met·ric (ī'sə-mět'rĭk)
adj.

  1. Of or exhibiting equality in dimensions or measurements.

  2. Of, relating to, or being a crystal system of three equal axes lying at right angles to each other.

  3. Of or involving muscular contraction against resistance in which the length of the muscle remains the same.

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isometric   (ī'sə-mět'rĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
Adjective  
  1. See cubic.

  2. Of or involving muscular contraction against resistance in which the length of the muscle remains the same.

  3. A graph showing the relationship between two quantities, such as pressure and temperature, when a third quantity, such as volume, is held constant.


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isometric projection

method of graphic representation of three-dimensional objects, used by engineers, technical illustrators, and, occasionally, architects. The technique is intended to combine the illusion of depth, as in a perspective rendering, with the undistorted presentation of the object's principal dimensions, that is, those parallel to a chosen set of three mutually perpendicular coordinate axes.

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