One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of or having equal dimensions.
- ‘Mechanical activity was recorded on a polygraph via isometric transducers.’
- ‘The shape of an isometric animal is the same at all sizes.’
- ‘Development of the columnals is isometric so their shapes do not change with size and age.’
- ‘One obvious difference is the switch from a fixed isometric view to first-person.’
- ‘Mike started drawing algorithmic doodles for worms eating from an isometric grid (sometimes during lectures).’
Relating to or denoting muscular action in which tension is developed without contraction of the muscle.
- ‘Isometric tension should thus decrease because it is proportional to duty ratio.’
- ‘In vivo, the diaphragm does not perform maximum isometric contractions but shortens against a submaximal load.’
- ‘We did not use a tensiometer to measure the isometric power of the shoulder.’
- ‘The location of the most isometric clusters on the ulna were more variable.’
- ‘Have patients fully weight bearing as well as performing quadriceps isometric exercises while immobilized.’
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.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
(of a transformation) without change of shape or size.
- ‘Based on the powers of Y and X, isometric exponents can be calculated and compared with the observed values.’
- ‘As previously, the isometric exponent for these relationships consists of 0.33.’
- ‘In isometric change, shape is constant at all sizes.’
- ‘The applet allows for experimentation with two other families of isometric curves.’
- ‘Codazzi also published on isometric lines, geodesic triangles and the stability of floating bodies.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek isometria ‘equality of measure’ (from isos ‘equal’ + -metria ‘measuring’) + -ic.
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