One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plane figure with five straight sides and five angles.
- ‘For those who don't know, a buckyball is an extremely stable soccer-ball-shaped molecule made up of 20 hexagons and 12 pentagons.’
- ‘Although it is impossible to inscribe a regular pentagon in a square, an equilateral pentagon can be inscribed in two ways.’
- ‘In plan, the building is comprised of five concentric pentagons, known as rings.’
- ‘They are formed from 60 atoms of carbon bonded together in a combination of pentagons and hexagons to form a ball, just like a soccer ball.’
- ‘Father entered the room, arms full of suitcases shaped in rectangles, pentagons, squares, and even spheres.’
- ‘In the second case, if the convex polygon is a pentagon incorporating all five points, then any four of these points can be connected to form a quadrilateral.’
- ‘This says that the most stable arrangement is a pentagon surrounded by five hexagons.’
- ‘Write the number 1 through 10 in the boxes below so each side of the pentagon has a sum of 14.’
- ‘He calculates the side of a regular pentagon in terms of the radius of the circumscribed circle.’
- ‘Analysts also use a variety of symbols, such as parallelograms, pentagons, and others, to depict different types of events and activities.’
- ‘There are 24 ways to do it - make 12 pentagons, so that the mirror images are on each side of the pentagon.’
- ‘They are marked by a pentagon with three overlapping triangles.’
- ‘Thus, you can readily obtain a curved pentagon, heptagon, and so on.’
- ‘Perfect crystal structures can contain pyramids, cubes, or hexagons, but not pentagons.’
- ‘The hexagons, pentagons, and triangles that make up the biomes all have their own unique specification due to the irregular nature of the site.’
- ‘The balls are made with small pieces of wood 12 pentagons and 20 hexagons which fit together to form a sphere.’
- ‘Of course, this statement has to be explained, since it is untrue if we understand distance in the usual way: the edges of these pentagons are visibly not straight and do not have the same length.’
- ‘Similarly, nine atoms can form a pentagon bonded to a hexagon, each ring sharing two atoms with the other ring.’
- ‘When I looked at what she was doing, she was trying to work out (on the napkin) how to calculate the sum of the internal angles of a pentagon.’
- ‘You may know about a pentagon, a hexagon, or an octagon.’
Late 16th century: via Latin from Greek pentagōnon, neuter (used as a noun) of pentagōnos ‘five-angled’.
proper nounthe Pentagon
1The pentagonal building serving as the headquarters of the US Department of Defense, near Washington, DC.
- 1.1 The US Department of Defense.‘the Pentagon said 19 of its soldiers had been killed’
- 1.1 The US Department of Defense.
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