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Dictionary definition of palindrome

A word, phrase, number, or other sequence of characters which reads the same backward or forward.
"Able was I ere I saw Elba' is a famous palindrome."

Detailed meaning of palindrome

Allowing punctuation, capitalization, and spaces. The word comes from Greek, "palin" meaning "again" and "dromos" meaning "direction" or "way", which reflects the idea that a palindrome reads the same way forwards and backwards.

Palindromes are often used in literature, for example, as a wordplay or a literary puzzle, and in mathematics and computer science, where they are used in algorithms and data structures. In everyday use, Palindromic dates, such as 02/02/2020, or numbers like 121 or 787, are examples of palindromes. Palindromic words are also common, such as "level" or "madam", and palindromic phrases like "A man, a plan, a canal: Panama" are also known.

Palindrome numbers or sequences are often used in coding, for example in error detection, and in recreational mathematics, where people enjoy finding and creating palindromes. Palindrome is also a useful concept in various fields such as genetics, linguistics, and cryptography.

Example sentences containing palindrome

1. "Madam" is a classic example of a palindrome.
2. The word "level" is a five-letter palindrome.
3. Palindromes are words, phrases, or numbers that read the same backward as forward.
4. "A man, a plan, a canal: Panama" is a famous palindrome sentence.
5. Can you think of any palindromic names?
6. "Racecar" is another common palindrome.

History and etymology of palindrome

The word 'palindrome' derives its etymology from two Greek roots: 'palin,' meaning 'again,' and 'dromos,' meaning 'way' or 'direction.' When combined, they form 'palindromos,' which signifies 'a running back again.' This aptly captures the essence of a palindrome, where a word, phrase, number, or sequence of characters can be read in the same way both forwards and backwards, effectively running back along the same linguistic or numerical path. The term has evolved over time, eventually finding its way into English as 'palindrome' to describe these intriguing linguistic constructs that exhibit symmetrical readability.

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Further usage examples of palindrome

1. Palindromes can be found in various languages, not just English.
2. "Never odd or even" is a palindrome phrase.
3. The number "12321" is a numeric palindrome.
4. Palindromes often provide a playful linguistic challenge.
5. "Deified" is a seven-letter palindrome.
6. Palindromes can also be sentences, like "Evil is a name of a foeman, as I live."
7. "Rotator" is a common palindrome often used as an example.
8. The word "radar" is a four-letter palindrome.
9. Palindromes can be fun to discover and share with others.
10. "Step on no pets" is a palindrome phrase that makes for a fun sentence.
11. "Eva, can I see bees in a cave?" is a palindrome question.
12. Palindromes can occur in poetry, adding a unique element to the composition.
13. "Malayalam" is a palindrome word that reads the same in reverse.
14. Palindromes can be a source of amusement and wordplay for language enthusiasts.



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