From Ancient Greek παλίνδρομος (palíndromos, “running back again”), from πάλιν (pálin, “back, again, back again”) + δρόμος (drómos, “running, race, racecourse”). By surface analysis, palin- + -drome (compare also velodrome and syndrome).
palindrome (plural palindromes)
- A word, phrase, number or any other sequence of units which has the property of reading the same forwards as it does backwards, character for character, sometimes disregarding punctuation, capitalization and diacritics.
- (by extension) A poetic form in which the sequence of words reads the same in either direction.
- (by extension) A sequence of items that follows the same pattern both forwards and backwards.
- 1998, Dolores Pesce, Hearing the Motet, page 93:
- A conjunct palindrome from notes 5 to 11, D D E F E D D, abuts the only melodically disjunct group E G D (notes 12–14), and at the same time contributes to a melodic sequence with the opening four notes.
- 2010, Mick Herron, Slow Horses, page 67:
- The shops opposite were a High Street palindrome — Korean gorocery, courier service, letting abgents, courier service, Korean grocery — and buses passed with noisy frequency.
- 2015, Syne Mitchell, Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom:
- The color sequence in the palindrome skein is the same no metter whether you start from the left or right.
- (genetics) A stretch of DNA in which the sequence of nucleotides on one strand are in the reverse order to that of the complementary strand
- (genetics): massive palindrome
palindrome m (plural palindromes)
- “palindrome”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.