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Rhomboid   Listen

A parallelogram with adjacent sides of unequal lengths; an oblique-angled parallelogram with only the opposite sides equal.
Any of several muscles of the upper back that help move the shoulder blade.  Synonym: rhomboid muscle.

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"Rhomboid" Quotes from Famous Books

... plate within its capacity, and it is especially useful in dimly lighted rooms. It consists of four rods pivoted together at the corners and swinging on two centers, so that in the first position it is truly square, and in other positions of rhomboid form, the two outer bars approaching each other like those of a parallel ruler. The hinge flap comes down on the exact center of the plate, minus the thickness of the block holding the diamond. By this appliance ...
— Scientific American Supplement, No. 647, May 26, 1888 • Various

... appear without being covered by alluvial deposits. Jura limestone, gem-salt (plains of the Meta and Patagonia) and coal-sandstone are found in the Llanos of South America; quadersandstein,* (* The forms of these rocks in walls and pyramids, or divided in rhomboid blocks, seems no doubt to indicate quadersandstein; but the sandstone of the eastern declivity of the Rocky Mountains in which the learned traveller Mr. James found salt-springs (licks), strata of gypsum and no coal, appear rather ...
— Equinoctial Regions of America V3 • Alexander von Humboldt

... beauty—these have been always the evil spirits that have fettered art. The new art has so exorcised them that they have fled from it with demoniac cries. Pulziacco's splendid rhomboid, "Cleopatra"; Weber-Damm's tender parallelograms, "The Daughters of James Bowles, Esq., J.P"; Todwarden Jones's rectilineal wizardry, "A Basket of Oranges"; and Arabella Machicu's triumph of astigmatism, "The Revolving Bookcase," ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, February 11, 1914 • Various

... south, I kept between them to the westward, and passed over a hilly, broken, granitic country. Large blocks of granite crested the summits of the hills, and their slopes were covered with Acacia thickets, and arborescent Hakeas and Grevilleas. A dwarf Acacia, with rhomboid downy phyllodia, an inch long, grew between the rocks. The natives were busy on the hills, cutting out opossums and honey. We heard their calls and the cries of their children. As we descended into another valley, the whole ...
— Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia • Ludwig Leichhardt

Words linked to "Rhomboid" :   skeletal muscle, parallelogram, striated muscle

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