Monday, November 09, 2015

Word of the day: isometric

The word of the day is isometric:

  1. of, pertaining to, or having equality of measure.
  2. of or pertaining to isometric exercise.
  3. Crystallography. noting or pertaining to that system of crystallization that is characterized by three equal axes at right angles to one another. Comparecrystal system.
  4. Prosody. of equal measure; made up of regular feet.
  5. Drafting. designating a method of projection (isometric projection) in which a three-dimensional object is represented by a drawing (i·somet·ric draw·ing) having the horizontal edges of the object drawn usually at a 30° angle and all verticals projected perpendicularly from a horizontal base, all lines being drawn to scale. Compare orthographic projection.
1840, coined from Gk. isos "equal" + metron "measure" (see meter (2)). Originally a method of using perspective in drawing; the physiological sense relating to muscular action is from 1891, borrowed from Ger. isometrisch (1882). Isomer is an 1866 back-formation; isometrics coined 1962 in Amer.Eng.


"The volcanoes are linked by geologic faults, which push against each other isometrically, triggering earthquakes, floods, and landslides."

 - Charles Mann, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

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