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Definition of "similar" []

  • Related in appearance or nature; alike though not identical. (adjective)
  • Mathematics Having corresponding angles equal and corresponding line segments proportional. Used of geometric figures: similar triangles. (adjective)
  • Showing resemblance in qualities, characteristics, or appearance; alike but not identical (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (of two or more figures) having corresponding angles equal and all corresponding sides in the same ratio (adjective)
  • (of two classes) equinumerous (adjective)

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Use "similar" in a sentence
  • "If you go to other parts of the planet at similar latitudes and with similar climates, you may find different species of conifers or lycopodia or seed-eating birds, but you'll find _similar_ species making up an ecosystem overall so much like the other that an untrained observer may not notice the difference."
  • "Jiau's lawyer, Joanna Hendon, said her client deserved a term similar to the 18 months Rakoff imposed on a co-defendant in the expert-networking investigation."
  • "The guard had worn an expression similar to the white-clothed man who was leading him at the moment; apparently the boss man wanted all his employees to be resocialized."