# Definitions for **diameter**daɪˈæm ɪ tər

### This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word **diameter**

### Princeton's WordNet

diameter, diam(noun)

the length of a straight line passing through the center of a circle and connecting two points on the circumference

diameter(noun)

a straight line connecting the center of a circle with two points on its perimeter (or the center of a sphere with two points on its surface)

### Wiktionary

diameter(Noun)

Any straight line between two points on the circumference of a circle that passes through the centre/center of the circle.

diameter(Noun)

The length of such a line.

diameter(Noun)

The maximum distance between any two points in a metric space

diameter(Noun)

The maximum eccentricity over all vertices in a graph.

### Webster Dictionary

Diameter(noun)

any right line passing through the center of a figure or body, as a circle, conic section, sphere, cube, etc., and terminated by the opposite boundaries; a straight line which bisects a system of parallel chords drawn in a curve

Diameter(noun)

a diametral plane

Diameter(noun)

the length of a straight line through the center of an object from side to side; width; thickness; as, the diameter of a tree or rock

Diameter(noun)

the distance through the lower part of the shaft of a column, used as a standard measure for all parts of the order. See Module

**Origin:** [F. diamtre, L. diametros, fr. Gr. ; dia` through + measure. See Meter.]

### Freebase

Diameter

In geometry, the diameter of a circle is any straight line segment that passes through the center of the circle and whose endpoints lie on the circle. It can be also defined as the longest chord of the circle. Both definitions are also valid for the diameter of a sphere. The word "diameter" is derived from Greek διάμετρος, "diameter of a circle", from δια-, "across, through" + μέτρον, "measure". In more modern usage, the length of a diameter is also called the diameter. In this sense one speaks of the diameter rather than a diameter, because all diameters of a circle or sphere have the same length, this being twice the radius. For a convex shape in the plane, the diameter is defined to be the largest distance that can be formed between two opposite parallel lines tangent to its boundary, and the width is defined to be the smallest such distance. Both quantities can be calculated efficiently using rotating calipers. For a curve of constant width such as the Reuleaux triangle, the width and diameter are the same because all such pairs of parallel tangent lines have the same distance. See also Tangent lines to circles.

### British National Corpus

Nouns Frequency

Rank popularity for the word 'diameter' in Nouns Frequency: #2461

### Anagrams of diameter »

diatreme

# Translations for **diameter**

### From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

- قطرArabic
- ব্যাসBengali
- diàmetreCatalan, Valencian
- průměrCzech
- diamedrWelsh
- DurchmesserGerman
- διάμετροςGreek
- diámetroSpanish
- قطرPersian
- läpimitta, halkaisijaFinnish
- diamètreFrench
- lárlíne, trastomhasIrish
- קוטרHebrew
- व्यासHindi
- dyamètHaitian Creole
- átmérőHungarian
- տրամագիծArmenian
- diametroItalian
- 直径Japanese
- 직경Korean
- lineLatin
- дијаметар, пречникMacedonian
- diameter, garis pusatMalay
- diameterNorwegian
- diameter, doorsnede, middellijnDutch
- diameterNorwegian Nynorsk
- średnicaPolish
- diâmetroPortuguese
- diametruRomanian
- диаметр, поперечникRussian
- prečnikSerbo-Croatian
- diameterSwedish
- kipenyoSwahili

### Get even more translations for diameter »

# Translation

#### Find a translation for the **diameter** definition in other languages:

Select another language:

#### Discuss these diameter definitions with the community:

# Word of the Day

#### Would you like us to send you a **FREE** new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

# Citation

## Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

"diameter." *Definitions.net.* STANDS4 LLC, 2015. Web. 29 May 2015. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/diameter>.