Similar figures
Similar Sim"i*lar, a. [F. similaire, fr. L. similis like, similar. See {Same}, a., and cf. {Simulate}.] 1. Exactly corresponding; resembling in all respects; precisely like. [1913 Webster]

2. Nearly corresponding; resembling in many respects; somewhat like; having a general likeness. [1913 Webster]

3. Homogenous; uniform. [R.] --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

{Similar figures} (Geom.), figures which differ from each other only in magnitude, being made up of the same number of like parts similarly situated.

{Similar rectilineal figures}, such as have their several angles respectively equal, each to each, and their sides about the equal angles proportional.

{Similar solids}, such as are contained by the same number of similar planes, similarly situated, and having like inclination to one another. [1913 Webster]


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  • Similar rectilineal figures — Similar Sim i*lar, a. [F. similaire, fr. L. similis like, similar. See {Same}, a., and cf. {Simulate}.] 1. Exactly corresponding; resembling in all respects; precisely like. [1913 Webster] 2. Nearly corresponding; resembling in many respects;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Similar — Sim i*lar, a. [F. similaire, fr. L. similis like, similar. See {Same}, a., and cf. {Simulate}.] 1. Exactly corresponding; resembling in all respects; precisely like. [1913 Webster] 2. Nearly corresponding; resembling in many respects; somewhat… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Similar solids — Similar Sim i*lar, a. [F. similaire, fr. L. similis like, similar. See {Same}, a., and cf. {Simulate}.] 1. Exactly corresponding; resembling in all respects; precisely like. [1913 Webster] 2. Nearly corresponding; resembling in many respects;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • similar — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of the same kind in appearance, character, or quantity, without being identical. 2) (of geometrical figures) having the same angles and proportions, though of different sizes. DERIVATIVES similarity noun similarly adverb. USAGE Use …   English terms dictionary

  • similar — adjective 1》 of the same kind in appearance, character, or quantity, without being identical. 2》 Geometry (of geometrical figures) having the same angles and proportions, though of different sizes. noun 1》 chiefly archaic a person or thing… …   English new terms dictionary

  • similar — similarly, adv. /sim euh leuhr/, adj. 1. having a likeness or resemblance, esp. in a general way: two similar houses. 2. Geom. (of figures) having the same shape; having corresponding sides proportional and corresponding angles equal: similar… …   Universalium

  • similar — sim•i•lar [[t]ˈsɪm ə lər[/t]] adj. 1) having a likeness or resemblance, esp. in a general way; having qualities in common: two similar houses[/ex] 2) math. (of geometric figures) having the same shape; having corresponding sides proportional and… …   From formal English to slang

  • similar — 1. adjective /ˈsɪmələ,ˈsɪməlɚ/ a) Having traits or characteristics in common; alike, comparable. b) Of geometrical figures including triangles, squares, ellipses, arcs and more complex figures, having the same shape but possibly different size,… …   Wiktionary

  • similar — /ˈsɪmələ / (say simuhluh) adjective 1. having likeness or resemblance, especially in a general way. 2. Geometry (of figures) having the same shape; having corresponding sides proportional and corresponding angles equal. {Latin similis like + ar1} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Like figures — Like Like (l[imac]k), a. [Compar. {Liker} (l[imac]k [ e]r); superl. {Likest}.] [OE. lik, ilik, gelic, AS. gel[=i]c, fr. pref. ge + l[=i]c body, and orig. meaning, having the same body, shape, or appearance, and hence, like; akin to OS. gil[=i]k,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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