Something that is symmetrical has corresponding similar parts: in other words, one side is the same as the other.

If you can draw a line down the center of something and get two similar halves, it’s symmetrical. Shapes like squares and circles are symmetrical. Unless you've had a serious injury like losing a limb, the human body is symmetrical. Some people think that faces that are more perfectly symmetrical are more beautiful than other faces. On the other hand, an eye patch tends to look kind of cool, even though it makes a face unsymmetrical.

Definitions of symmetrical
  1. adjective
    exhibiting equivalence or correspondence among constituents of an entity or between different entities
    synonyms: harmonious, proportionate
    being in a state of proper equilibrium
  2. adjective
    having similarity in size, shape, and relative position of corresponding parts
    synonyms: symmetric
    being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting
    in accordance with fixed order or procedure or principle
    bilateral, bilaterally symmetric, bilaterally symmetrical, isobilateral
    having identical parts on each side of an axis
    showing both bilateral and radial symmetry
    cruciate, cruciform
    shaped like a cross
    even, regular
    symmetrically arranged
    (mathematics, logic) such that the arguments or roles can be interchanged
    (of a triangle) having two sides of equal length
    radial, radiate, stellate
    arranged like rays or radii; radiating from a common center
    centrosymmetric, radially symmetrical
    having a symmetrical arrangement of radiating parts about a central point
    rhombohedral, trigonal
    having threefold symmetry
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    asymmetric, asymmetrical
    characterized by asymmetry in the spatial arrangement or placement of parts or components
    contrary to rule or accepted order or general practice
    having one side lower or smaller or lighter than the other
    such that the terms of an expression cannot be interchanged without changing the meaning
    unsymmetric, unsymmetrical
    lacking symmetry
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