similar

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Mathematics: Figures shown in the same color are similar

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

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similar (comparative more similar, superlative most similar)

  1. Having traits or characteristics in common; alike, comparable.
    • 1908, W. B. M. Ferguson, Zollenstein, Ch.IV:
      So this was my future home, I thought! Certainly it made a brave picture. I had seen similar ones fired-in on many a Heidelberg stein. Backed by towering hills, [] a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
    • 2013 May-June, Charles T. Ambrose, “Alzheimer’s Disease”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 200: 
      Similar studies of rats have employed four different intracranial resorbable, slow sustained release systems—surgical foam, a thermal gel depot, a microcapsule or biodegradable polymer beads.
  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.

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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

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similar m, f (masculine and feminine plural similars)

  1. similar

Portuguese[edit]

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similar m, f (plural similares; comparable)

  1. similar (having traits or characteristics in common)

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similar m, f (plural similares)

  1. similar

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