Definition of "radial" []

  • Of, relating to, or arranged like rays or radii. (adjective)
  • Radiating from or converging to a common center. (adjective)
  • Having or characterized by parts so arranged or so radiating. (adjective)
  • Moving or directed along a radius. (adjective)
  • Anatomy Of, relating to, or near the radius or forearm. (adjective)
  • (of lines, bars, beams of light, etc) emanating from a common central point; arranged like the radii of a circle (adjective)

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  • Of, like, or relating to a radius or ray (adjective)
  • Spreading out or developing uniformly on all sides (adjective)
  • Of or relating to the arms of a starfish or similar radiating structures (adjective)
  • Of or relating to the radius or forearm (adjective)
  • (of velocity) in a direction along the line of sight of a celestial object and measured by means of the red shift (or blue shift) of the spectral lines of the object (adjective)
  • A radial part or section (noun)
  • Any of the basal fin rays of most bony fishes (noun)
  • A radial or radiating structure, such as any of the ossicles supporting the oral disc of a sea star (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "radial" in a sentence
  • "Some of the largest structures we saw there were salt dome that had salt piercing in the center of them, and that piercing salt and generator resulted in a lot of what we call radial fault."
  • "Its twin radial J-type engines are capped in gleaming chrome and trail long delicate-looking finials behind the ship's single-pilot compartment."
  • "Certain American radial engines were made previous to 1914, the principal being the Albatross six-cylinder engines of 50 and 100 horse-powers."