Definition of geometric in US English:


(also geometrical)


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

    • ‘There is, of course, a tension in this topic between the totally geometric approach and the algebraic approach.’
    • ‘He also focuses on using geometric algebra to solve problems in graph theory.’
    • ‘This discovery was made as Möbius worked on a question on the geometric theory of polyhedra posed by the Académie.’
    • ‘Apollonius used his geometric skills to mathematically develop the epicycle theory which would reach its full importance in the work of Ptolemy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1984 Jones discovered an astonishing relationship between von Neumann algebras and geometric topology.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In addition, C is only a geometric parameter to describe gross shell morphology, rather than a biological determinant.’
    • ‘Thus in a sense all cubics could be solved by the Greeks using geometric methods.’
    • ‘The Billera-Lee proof gives a geometric construction of one simplicial polytope for each face vector.’
    • ‘We used a geometric method called eigenshape analysis to quantify turritellid shell morphology.’
    • ‘Normal maps are used to give additional geometric detail without increasing polygon count.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1849 he published Trigonometry and double algebra in which he gave a geometric interpretation of complex numbers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Omar Khayyam gave a complete classification of cubic equations with geometric solutions found by means of intersecting conic sections.’
    • ‘Methods for precise geometric descriptions, necessary for visualization, were formulated later.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although I'm reasonable at mental arithmetic, I mostly think geometrically and then must laboriously check my geometric intuition with algebra.’
  • 2(of a design) characterized by or decorated with regular lines and shapes.

    ‘traditional Hopi geometric forms’
    • ‘Its form was a beautiful display of geometric symmetry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dr. Just said that the brain could interpret letters either spatially, as geometric shapes, or linguistically, by the names of the letters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Quilting designs may carry across the quilt ignoring seam lines in fancy or plain geometric patterns.’
    • ‘This season, bold geometric shapes are omnipresent, with various lines in particular adding rhythm and exuberance to the fabrics.’
    • ‘There is also a beautiful image of Mondrian's studio, reduced to geometric lines just like a painting in the famous mature Mondrian style.’
    • ‘In stunning detail, pilots and crew describe a range of geometric forms and lights inconsistent with known aircraft or natural phenomena.’
    • ‘My newer ties are splashier, with brightly colored splotches, wildly zigzagging lines, and unusual geometric shapes.’
    • ‘These tiles are characterized by slender lines, geometric shapes, or more free-form patterns.’
    • ‘The result is a remarkably regular, geometric pattern, as his two untitled pieces from 1997 demonstrate.’
    • ‘On this magnificent necklace, worn by either a young woman or man, the beadworker has skillfully played with colors and geometric shapes.’
    • ‘Sets of geometric shapes painted in attractively unnatural enamel colors, the paintings are composed with horizon lines and often light grounds.’
    • ‘Zanzibar doorways, decorated with geometric patterns, offer a glimpse of the island's Arabic history and tradition.’
    • ‘Libyan artisans use intricate lines and geometric shapes in their carpets, embroidered goods, jewelry, leather goods, tiles, and pottery.’
    • ‘The old gentleman places a rug, decorated with geometric animals, on the ground and invites me to sit.’
    • ‘Linen looks best in simple shapes, with clean geometric lines.’
    • ‘Analysis of protein loop conformations is a notoriously difficult task because they do not have easily identifiable regular geometric patterns.’
    • ‘Lemmer's geometric, symmetrical sculptures are clearly variations on a theme.’
    1. 2.1Archaeology Relating to or denoting a period of Greek culture (around 900–700 BC) characterized by geometrically decorated pottery.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’


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