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Definition of fractal noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

fractal

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈfræktl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfræktl//
 
(mathematics, physics)
 
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a curve or pattern that includes a smaller curve or pattern which has exactly the same shape Word Origin 1970s: from French, from Latin fract- ‘broken’, from the verb frangere.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fractal