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Meaning of similar by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Mathematics: Figures shown in the same color are similar


    From French similaire, from Medieval Latin *similaris, extended from Latin similis ( “like” ); akin to simul ( “together” ) .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈsɪmələ/, X-SAMPA: /"sIm@l@/
    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /ˈsɪməlɚ/, X-SAMPA: /"sIm@l@`/


    similar ( comparative more similar, superlative most similar )

    1. Having traits or characteristics in common; alike, comparable .
    2. ( 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 .


    • ( with common characteristics ): akin, alike, comparable, identical, same, twin


    • ( alike ): different, unlike


    similar ( plural: similars )

    1. That which is similar to, or resembles, something else, as in quality, form, etc .
    2. ( homeopathy ) A material that produces an effect that resembles the symptoms of a particular disease

    External links

    • similar in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • similar in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of similar by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. resembling or similar

    2. having the same or similar characteristics

    3. capable of replacing or changing places with something else

    4. marked by correspondence or resemblance

    5. similar food at similar prices
      problems similar to mine
      they wore similar coats
    6. ( of words ) expressing closely related meanings

    Definition of similar by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.

    2. Similar, n. That which is similar to, or resembles, something else, as in quality, form, etc.