Definition of geometric in English:


(also geometrical)


  • 1Relating to geometry, or according to its methods.

    • ‘In 1984 Jones discovered an astonishing relationship between von Neumann algebras and geometric topology.’
    • ‘Although I'm reasonable at mental arithmetic, I mostly think geometrically and then must laboriously check my geometric intuition with algebra.’
    • ‘Normal maps are used to give additional geometric detail without increasing polygon count.’
    • ‘They also serve to illustrate why it is easy to confuse the various geometric forms represented by sets of numeric indices unless one is aware of these conventions.’
    • ‘Omar Khayyam gave a complete classification of cubic equations with geometric solutions found by means of intersecting conic sections.’
    • ‘Apollonius used his geometric skills to mathematically develop the epicycle theory which would reach its full importance in the work of Ptolemy.’
    • ‘In addition, C is only a geometric parameter to describe gross shell morphology, rather than a biological determinant.’
    • ‘There is, of course, a tension in this topic between the totally geometric approach and the algebraic approach.’
    • ‘In 1849 he published Trigonometry and double algebra in which he gave a geometric interpretation of complex numbers.’
    • ‘A simple example of numerical integration is estimating the area of a geometric figure by randomly throwing darts at it and counting the hits and misses.’
    • ‘We used a geometric method called eigenshape analysis to quantify turritellid shell morphology.’
    • ‘In the next 2000 years no one found an exact geometric method for 7-gons or 9-gons but also no one had proved it was impossible to construct such regular polygons.’
    • ‘Methods for precise geometric descriptions, necessary for visualization, were formulated later.’
    • ‘Thus in a sense all cubics could be solved by the Greeks using geometric methods.’
    • ‘He developed a theory of automorphic functions, connecting algebraic and geometric results in his important 1884 book on the icosahedron.’
    • ‘This is a remarkable mathematical theory combining powerful algebraic and geometric methods.’
    • ‘The Billera-Lee proof gives a geometric construction of one simplicial polytope for each face vector.’
    • ‘This discovery was made as Möbius worked on a question on the geometric theory of polyhedra posed by the Académie.’
    • ‘He also focuses on using geometric algebra to solve problems in graph theory.’
    • ‘One of the underlying insights of topology is that some geometric problems depend not on the precise shape of objects but only on the way they are connected.’
  • 2Characterized by or decorated with regular lines and shapes.

    ‘a geometric pattern’
    • ‘The result is a remarkably regular, geometric pattern, as his two untitled pieces from 1997 demonstrate.’
    • ‘In four new paintings comprising his recent solo show, ribbons give way to a system of lines and ovoid shapes contained within large geometric fields of color.’
    • ‘Lemmer's geometric, symmetrical sculptures are clearly variations on a theme.’
    • ‘Dr. Just said that the brain could interpret letters either spatially, as geometric shapes, or linguistically, by the names of the letters.’
    • ‘Zanzibar doorways, decorated with geometric patterns, offer a glimpse of the island's Arabic history and tradition.’
    • ‘There is also a beautiful image of Mondrian's studio, reduced to geometric lines just like a painting in the famous mature Mondrian style.’
    • ‘The geometric shapes and patterns rendered in pencil, ink and watercolor on graph paper are suggestive of spiritual emblems taken from a variety of religions.’
    • ‘Sets of geometric shapes painted in attractively unnatural enamel colors, the paintings are composed with horizon lines and often light grounds.’
    • ‘My newer ties are splashier, with brightly colored splotches, wildly zigzagging lines, and unusual geometric shapes.’
    • ‘Quilting designs may carry across the quilt ignoring seam lines in fancy or plain geometric patterns.’
    • ‘Analysis of protein loop conformations is a notoriously difficult task because they do not have easily identifiable regular geometric patterns.’
    • ‘I opened my eyes to a net of pale blue moonlight and shadows thrown across whitewashed walls and ceiling decorated with geometric bas-reliefs in cracked and stained plaster.’
    • ‘These tiles are characterized by slender lines, geometric shapes, or more free-form patterns.’
    • ‘Linen looks best in simple shapes, with clean geometric lines.’
    • ‘On this magnificent necklace, worn by either a young woman or man, the beadworker has skillfully played with colors and geometric shapes.’
    • ‘Its form was a beautiful display of geometric symmetry.’
    • ‘In stunning detail, pilots and crew describe a range of geometric forms and lights inconsistent with known aircraft or natural phenomena.’
    • ‘This season, bold geometric shapes are omnipresent, with various lines in particular adding rhythm and exuberance to the fabrics.’
    • ‘The old gentleman places a rug, decorated with geometric animals, on the ground and invites me to sit.’
    • ‘Libyan artisans use intricate lines and geometric shapes in their carpets, embroidered goods, jewelry, leather goods, tiles, and pottery.’
    1. 2.1Archaeology Relating to or denoting a period of Greek culture (around 900–700 BC) characterized by geometrically decorated pottery.
      • ‘This tradition has its roots in the Protogeometric and Geometric periods and perhaps continues into Classical and Hellenistic times at Lato.’
      • ‘The beginning of the video shows us the stylized stick figures of the Geometric period and then moves on to close-ups of the beautifully carved and painted images of figures of the early Classical era.’
      • ‘His paper ‘Gifts to the Heroes in Geometric and Archaic Greece’ usefully broached the topic of the actual artefacts offered in hero-cult.’
      • ‘The horse's head, with a cropped mane that recalls artifacts from ancient Greece's Geometric period, is also gilt, and it is considerably more detailed than the body.’
      • ‘This area along the north slope of the Areiopagos was one of the richest cemeteries of early Athens, in continuous use from the Mycenaean period well into the Geometric era.’
    2. 2.2Architecture Relating to or denoting a style of Early English tracery based on the geometry of circles.


  • A geometric pattern.

    • ‘Based on what we know about the unusual geometrics of solid state borides, it's just a matter of time until we find weird C-C bonding in carbides.’
    • ‘Prussia's Heinrich von Bülow, for instance, declared that triangle-based geometrics governed all military maneuvers and therefore all strategic decisions.’
    • ‘If you take the essence of form as it can be perfectly communicated and as it is absolutely most universal you do reach geometrics and mathematics.’
    • ‘‘When we overlay, we look at all the geometrics of the highway,’ Lemire said.’
    • ‘Manufacturers are showing plaids, geometrics, ribbons, floral and leaf patterns, and other interesting configurations this year.’
    • ‘When decorating with modern style bedding, especially with bold colors and geometrics, it is very important to keep a modern, uncluttered look in the bedroom.’
    • ‘Architecture devolved into primitive geometrics some time ago, but actually appears sober in comparison with the delusional self-parody of modern sculpture.’
    • ‘In ties, classic patterns such as regimental stripes, understated geometrics, or even solids are worked in luxurious, textured silks.’
    • ‘Has minimalism been usurped by upfront decoration and a rash of colourful swirls, florals and geometrics, or is less still more?’
    • ‘Each one-of-a-kind creation - printed by hand on an antique letterpress - comes in vibrant colors and fun motifs: cool geometrics, dainty flowers, pop butterflies.’
    • ‘I think the art is gorgeous - I have a fondness for stylized, art-deco pieces with graceful lines blended with geometrics.’
    • ‘In quilting, geometrics have traditionally imposed the formats, the patterns.’
    • ‘Fabrics with broken stripes, abstract geometrics and some with textured surface dots will please those who prefer timeless designs and dislike floral effects on clothing.’
    • ‘Utzon's key geometrics, the systems of standardisation and repetition, made for economy as well as for logic and beauty.’
    • ‘The entire collection proclaims the graphic and the geometric.’
    • ‘The main house was a simple geometric, built with angles slightly askew and curved eaves that broke the harsh lines in a calculated manner.’
    • ‘For example, she replaces bold geometrics with abstracted natural patterns in floor-coverings and uses branch-like forms overhead to make ceilings reminiscent of tree canopies.’
    • ‘They can be understated and subtle or boldly colored with vivid design elements, such as geometrics or florals.’
    • ‘Stencil manufacturers offer a wide variety of design motifs, including florals, fruits, vegetables, geometrics, juvenile themes and architectural elements.’
    • ‘Longitudinal and transverse joints determine joint spacing by the overlay pavement thickness and the geometrics of the area to be paved.’


Mid 17th century: via French from Latin geometricus, from Greek geōmetrikos, from geōmetrēs (see geometer).