from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In geometry, a closed figure formed by the intersections of a number of straight lines, each with two others; especially, a plane figure of this sort; a figure with numerous angles
  • noun two sets of n lines, each cutting all the lines of the other set upon one curve of the nth order.
  • noun A train of sects whose last point is identical with the first.
  • noun In ordnance, a place especially arranged for making ballistic tests of guns, projectiles, armor, and powder. Same as proving-ground.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Geom.) A plane figure having many angles, and consequently many sides; esp., one whose perimeter consists of more than four sides; any figure having many angles.
  • noun (Mech.) a polygonal figure, the sides of which, taken successively, represent, in length and direction, several forces acting simultaneously upon one point, so that the side necessary to complete the figure represents the resultant of those forces. Cf. Parallelogram of forces, under Parallelogram.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun geometry A plane figure bounded by straight edges.
  • noun geometry The boundary of such a figure.
  • noun geometry, more generally A figure comprising vertices and (not necessarily straight) edges, alternatingly.
  • noun geometry Such a figure and its interior, taken as a whole.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a closed plane figure bounded by straight sides


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Late Latin polygōnum, from Greek polugōnon, from neuter of Greek polugōnos, polygonal : polu-, poly- + -gōnos, angled; see –gon.]

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Ancient Greek πολύγωνον (polygōnon), from πολύς (polus, "many") and γωνία (gōnia, "angle").


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