polygon

[pol-ee-gon]
noun
a figure, especially a closed plane figure, having three or more, usually straight, sides.

Origin:
1560–70; < Latin polygōnum < Greek polýgōnon, noun use of neuter of polýgōnos many-angled. See poly-, -gon

polygonal [puh-lig-uh-nl] , adjective
polygonally, adverb
subpolygonal, adjective
subpolygonally, adverb
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polygon (ˈpɒlɪˌɡɒn)
 
n
a closed plane figure bounded by three or more straight sides that meet in pairs in the same number of vertices, and do not intersect other than at these vertices. The sum of the interior angles is (n--2) × 180° for n sides; the sum of the exterior angles is 360°. A regular polygon has all its sides and angles equal. Specific polygons are named according to the number of sides, such as triangle, pentagon, etc
 
[C16: via Latin from Greek polugōnon figure with many angles]
 
polygonal
 
adj
 
po'lygonally
 
adv

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polygon
1571, from L. polygonum, from Gk. polygon "polygon," from neut. of polygonos "many-angled," from polys "many" + gonia "angle" (see knee).
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polygon   (pŏl'ē-gŏn')  Pronunciation Key 
A closed plane figure having three or more sides. Triangles, rectangles, and octagons are all examples of polygons. ◇ A regular polygon is a polygon all of whose sides are the same length and all of whose interior angles are the same measure.
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polygon definition


In geometry, a closed figure having three or more sides and lying on one plane.

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Example sentences
Turquoise and red dyes are still visible inside grooved diamonds and polygons
  that decorate the cover.
Some polygons are lower in the center and have a pond in the middle.
Snow-covered ice lifted up from the creek bed in a strange geometry of white
  polygons.
The wet coastal plain is formed into large polygons that resemble moon craters.
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