Meaning of similar by Wiktionary Dictionary
- ( RP ) IPA: /ˈsɪmələ/, X-SAMPA: /"sIm@l@/
- ( GenAm ) IPA: /ˈsɪməlɚ/, X-SAMPA: /"sIm@l@`/
- Having traits or characteristics in common; alike, comparable .
- ( mathematics ) Of geometrical figures including triangles, squares, ellipses, arcs and more complex figures, having the same shape but possibly different size, rotational orientation, and position; in particular, having corresponding angles equal and corresponding line segments proportional; such that one can be had from the other using a sequence of operations of rotation, translation and scaling .
- ( alike ): different, unlike
- Similar a. [F. similaire, fr. L. similis like, similar. See Same, a., and cf. Simulate.]
1. Exactly corresponding; resembling in all respects; precisely like.
2. Nearly corresponding; resembling in many respects; somewhat like; having a general likeness.
3. Homogenous; uniform. [R.] Boyle.
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.
- Similar, n. That which is similar to, or resembles, something else, as in quality, form, etc.
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