a word or phrase that reads the same backward as forward
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.
Level, madam and racecar are examples of single word palindromes.
A poetic form in which the sequence of words reads the same in either direction.
A stretch of DNA in which the sequence of nucleotides on one strand are in the reverse order to that of the complementary strand
Origin: From παλίνδρομος, from πάλιν + δρόμος
a word, verse, or sentence, that is the same when read backward or forward; as, madam; Hannah; or Lewd did I live, & evil I did dwel
Origin: [Gr. pali`ndromos running back again; pa`lin again + dramei^n to run: cf. F. palindrome.]
A palindrome is a word, phrase, number, or other sequence of symbols or elements, whose meaning may be interpreted the same way in either forward or reverse direction. Composing literature in palindromes is an example of constrained writing. The word "palindrome" was coined from the Greek roots palin and dromos by the English writer Ben Jonson in the 17th century. The Greek phrase to describe the phenomenon is karkinikê epigrafê, or simply karkinoi, alluding to the movement of crabs, such as an inscription that may be read backwards.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pal′in-drōm, n. a word, verse, or sentence that reads the same either backward or forward, as Adam's first words to Eve: 'Madam, I'm Adam.'—adjs. Palindrom′ic, -al.—n. Pal′indromist, an inventor of palindromes. [Gr. palindromia—palin, back, dromos, a running.]
The numerical value of palindrome in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of palindrome in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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- palíndromCatalan, Valencian
- از دو سرPersian
- դարձգիր, պալինդրոմArmenian
- 回文, 회문Korean
- kupu tuatauriteMāori
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