symmetry


symmetry
symmetry [sim′ə trē]
n.
pl. symmetries [< MFr or L: MFr symmetrie (now symétrie) < L symmetria < Gr < symmetros, measured together < syn-, together + metron, a MEASURE]
1. similarity of form or arrangement on either side of a dividing line or plane; correspondence of opposite parts in size, shape, and position; condition of being symmetrical: the whole or the corresponding parts are said to have symmetry
2. balance or beauty of form or proportion resulting from such correspondence
SYN.- SYMMETRY, with reference to the interrelation of parts to form an aesthetically pleasing whole, strictly implies correspondence in the form, size, arrangement, etc. of parts on either side of a median line or plane; PROPORTION implies a gracefulness that results from the measured fitness in size or arrangement of parts to each other or to the whole; HARMONY implies such agreement or proportionate arrangement of parts in size, color, form, etc. as to make a pleasing impression; BALANCE suggests the offsetting or contrasting of parts so as to produce an aesthetic equilibrium in the whole

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