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There are only five "regular" polyhedra.
  a solid shape made of flat faces
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polyhedron polyhedra polyhedral polyhedrons
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  • There are only five "regular" polyhedra.
  • Modern architecture has moved beyond simple polyhedrons like pyramids and rectangular skyscrapers.
  • Quentin grandly described it as an "irregular polyhedron," but it was little more than a wooden shed.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Robert, I see nothing—an orb, a ladder, a knife, a polyhedron, a scale? I give up.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol

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  • An edifice is no longer an edifice; it is a polyhedron.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Fanned by a constant updraught of ventilation between the kitchen and the chimneyflue, ignition was communicated from the faggots of precombustible fuel to polyhedral masses of bituminous coal, containing in compressed mineral form the foliated fossilised decidua of primeval forests which had in turn derived their vegetative existence from the sun, primal source of heat (radiant), transmitted through omnipresent luminiferous diathermanous ether.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • olds: cubes, spheres, tetrahedrons, polyhedrons, connected with a web of cylinders and lines and helices.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • …the roof sometimes, three or four painters and a wife or husband and a couple of kids and a dog someone was keeping for someone else, and the two women remembered how Klara never sat on the sloped part of the roof, on the tar-paper surface that sloped up to the edge because she was afraid of edges, and there was a sense of sea passage and new work, and off to the north, situated beyond the rooftop, between the rooftop and the great bridge, was the polyhedral mass of towered downtown.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Let the reader picture to himself a series of visages presenting successively all geometrical forms, from the triangle to the trapezium, from the cone to the polyhedron; all human expressions, from wrath to lewdness; all ages, from the wrinkles of the new-born babe to the wrinkles of the aged and dying; all religious phantasmagories, from Faun to Beelzebub; all animal profiles, from the maw to the beak, from the jowl to the muzzle.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
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Associated words [difficulty]:   polyhedron [9]
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