Definition of isometric in English:



  • 1Of or having equal dimensions.

    • ‘Mike started drawing algorithmic doodles for worms eating from an isometric grid (sometimes during lectures).’
    • ‘Mechanical activity was recorded on a polygraph via isometric transducers.’
    • ‘Development of the columnals is isometric so their shapes do not change with size and age.’
    • ‘The shape of an isometric animal is the same at all sizes.’
    • ‘One obvious difference is the switch from a fixed isometric view to first-person.’
  • 2Physiology
    Relating to or denoting muscular action in which tension is developed without contraction of the muscle.

    • ‘We did not use a tensiometer to measure the isometric power of the shoulder.’
    • ‘Have patients fully weight bearing as well as performing quadriceps isometric exercises while immobilized.’
    • ‘The location of the most isometric clusters on the ulna were more variable.’
    • ‘In vivo, the diaphragm does not perform maximum isometric contractions but shortens against a submaximal load.’
    • ‘Isometric tension should thus decrease because it is proportional to duty ratio.’
  • 3(in technical or architectural drawing) incorporating a method of showing projection or perspective in which the three principal dimensions are represented by three axes 120° apart.

    • ‘Although the stitched textiles have physical presence, their intersecting linear passages function primarily as isometric drawing.’
    • ‘Type Is at the command line to quickly shift cursors for isometric drawing views.’
    • ‘Eakins taught perspective, mechanical drawing, and isometric drawing to his students at the Pennsylvania Academy using a manual that he wrote for the purpose but never published.’
  • 4Mathematics
    (of a transformation) without change of shape or size.

    • ‘Codazzi also published on isometric lines, geodesic triangles and the stability of floating bodies.’
    • ‘Based on the powers of Y and X, isometric exponents can be calculated and compared with the observed values.’
    • ‘In isometric change, shape is constant at all sizes.’
    • ‘As previously, the isometric exponent for these relationships consists of 0.33.’
    • ‘The applet allows for experimentation with two other families of isometric curves.’


Mid 19th century: from Greek isometria equality of measure (from isos equal + -metria measuring) + -ic.