
Glossary
tetrahedron
(ttrhdrn) n., pl. tetáraáheádrons or tetáraáheádra (dr). A polyhedron
with four faces. [Late Greek tetraedron, from Greek, neuter of tetraedros,
fourfaced: tetra, tetra + hedra, face of a geometric solid; see
sed in IndoEuropean Roots.]
Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary,
© 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc 

octahedron
\Oc`ta*he"dron\, n. [Gr.?, fr. ? eightside; ? (for ? eight) + ? seat,
base, from ? to sit.] (Geom.) A solid bounded by eight faces. The
regular octahedron is contained by eight equal equilateral triangles.
Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary,
© 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc 

icosahedron
\I`co*sa*he"dron\, n. [Gr. ?; ? twenty + ? seat, base, fr. ? to sit.]
(Geom.) A solid bounded by twenty sides or faces. Regular icosahedron,
one of the five regular polyhedrons, bounded by twenty equilateral
triangles. Five triangles meet to form each solid angle of the polyhedron.
Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary,
© 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc 

dodecahedron
\Do*dec`a*he"dron\, n. [Gr. ?; ? twelve + ? seat, bottom, base: cf.
F. dod['e]ca[`e]dre.] (Geom. & Crystallog.) A solid having twelve
faces. Note: The regular dodecahedron is bounded by twelve equal and
regular pentagons; the pyritohedron (see Pyritohedron) is related
to it; the rhombic dodecahedron is bounded by twelve equal rhombic
faces.
Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary,
© 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc 

Cuboctahedron \Cu`booc`ta*he"dron\
(dr?n), n. (Crystallog.) A combination of a cube and octahedron,
esp. one in which the octahedral faces meet at the middle of the
cubic edges.
Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary,
© 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc


tensegrity or Floating
Compression Structures employing continuous tension and
discontinuous compression
The hypothesis that cells can behave like structures in which shape
results from balancing tensile and hydrostatic forces
 

buckminsterfullerene:
A hollow, spherical molecule consisting of 60 carbon atoms
arranged in a soccer ball pattern of hexagons and pentagons. The molecule
can superconduct, lubricate, and absorb light. The molecule is a type
of fullerene, was the first one to be discovered and studied, and
is named after the architect R. Buckminster Fuller. Synonym: bucky
ball. 

. polyhedra:A
plural of polyhedron. n : a solid figure bounded by plane polygons
or faces.
Source: WordNet ¨ 1.6, © 1997 Princeton University 

synergetic
adj : working together; used especially of groups, as subsidiaries
of a corporation, cooperating for an enhanced effect; "a synergistic
effect" [syn: synergistic]
Source: WordNet ¨ 1.6, © 1997 Princeton
University

Integrity (ntgrt)
n. 1. Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code. See
Synonyms at honesty. 2. The state of being unimpaired; soundness.
3. The quality or condition of being whole or undivided; completeness
[Middle English integrite, from Old French from

axiomatic
adj 1: evident without proof or argument; "an axiomatic truth" 2:
of or relating to or derived from axioms; "axiomatic physics"; "the
postulational method was applied to geometry" S.S.Stevens [syn:
axiomatical, postulational]
Source: WordNet ¨ 1.6, © 1997 Princeton University

Euclidean geometry
n : geometry based on Euclid's axioms: e.g., only one line can be
drawn through a point parallel to another line [syn: elementary
geometry, parabolic geometry, Euclidean geometry]
Source: WordNet ¨ 1.6, © 1997 Princeton
University

manipulate
(mnpylt) v. tr. maánipáuálatáed, maánipáuálatáing, maánipáuálates.
1. To operate or control by skilled use of the hands; handle: She
manipulated the lights to get just the effect she wanted. manipulative
adj.
Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary,
© 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc 


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