One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person skilled in geometry.
- ‘He was one of the most penetrating geometers of our age: his discoveries in geometry place him in the first rank among the successors of Chasles and Poncelet.’
- ‘The issue of how to help students get started learning algebraic geometry is a question that almost every practicing algebraic geometer would answer differently.’
- ‘He formed his own group of young geometers and together they wrote teaching texts, as well as the 4 volumes of a differential geometry text, later translated in German and French.’
- ‘Our greatest debt to Lefschetz lies in the fact that he showed us that a study of topology was essential for all algebraic geometers.’
- ‘Halley suggested to him that he might devote his considerable talents to the restoration of the work of the early Greek geometers, such as Euclid and Apollonius of Perga.’
A geometrid moth or its caterpillar.
- ‘Little is known of the life history of the larvae of geometer moths.’
- ‘Most of the geometer moths captured were in floral lure traps, while both species of Plusiinae were trapped exclusively in floral lure traps.’
- ‘The larva of geometer moths, the familiar inchworms, feed on mulberry leaves.’
- ‘The body of geometer moths is thin and more fragile looking than in other macromoths.’
Late Middle English: from late Latin geometra, based on Greek geōmetrēs, from gē ‘earth’ + metrēs ‘measurer’.
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