One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of or pertaining to a hexagon.
- ‘Double-panelled doors lead to a hexagonal dining room.’
- ‘It was a hexagonal glass structure with a high domed roof.’
- ‘The spanner is used to tighten the hexagonal nut.’
- ‘After ripping out red linoleum, they finished the room with black-and-white hexagonal floor tile.’
- ‘There are over a dozen pen-and-wash studies of figures in oval or hexagonal frames.’
- ‘The project leader says hexagonal pixels give smoother edges in images than square pixels.’
- ‘Insect compound eyes are made up of many hexagonal lenses.’
- ‘The floor was laid with tiny hexagonal tiles.’
- ‘Over the banister, visitors saw the top of an elegant structure, narrow at the base, with an inner hexagonal column.’
- ‘The most distinctive item in the collection is the hexagonal vase.’
- 1.1 (of a solid) having a section that is a hexagon; constructed on a base that is a hexagon.
- 1.2 Designating or pertaining to a crystal system in which three coplanar axes of equal length are separated by 60° and a fourth axis of a different length is at right angles to these.
- ‘Each molecule has on average six neighbors, generating a six-fold hexagonal symmetry.’
- ‘Pure phase zirconium exists in a hexagonal close-packed crystal structure.’
- ‘Cystine crystals are clear, colorless hexagonal plates, often appearing in layers.’
- ‘The inner core is pure iron in a hexagonal close-packed crystalline form.’
- ‘These quartz crystals from Cumberland appear to possess normal hexagonal symmetry.’
- ‘We applied a swelling method to help determine the relative phases of the diffraction peaks along the crystal axis perpendicular to the hexagonal base.’
- 1.3 (of a mineral) crystallizing in a hexagonal system.
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