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Writing “U-shaped” and “V-shaped” in novel

If you are describing a valley as U-shaped, what is the correct way to write that in a novel. U-shaped U shaped u shaped u-shaped "U" shaped "U"-shaped other variations?
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French: “triangle rectangle” in English? [closed]

How could I say "triangle rectangle" in English? For non-french people, it's a triangle which has an angle of 90°.
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How would you describe this shape?

I am trying to describe this weapon from a video game (Daggertail from Prince of Persia : Two Thrones). However, I am not sure how to describe the shape of the links which make up the daggertail (not ...
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Word for a zig-zag polygonal line

We have to find an adjective to describe a family of abstract mathematical objects with a shape that (in an abstract setting) reminds of a diagonal polygonal line like the following. The segments ...
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Is there a proper term for the 'arms' of a star?

I have the need to describe, in a technical document, the particular portion of a star here highlighted red (or any of the other like areas): For example: The width of each …? shall be eight units ...
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What's the name of this two-lobed shape?

I got an avocado featuring a canal in the middle. The canal is not really deep but still it splits the fruit in two distinct parts. What's the name of this shape? I think "ribbed" is an exaggerated ...
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Spheres are “spherical”, and cylinders are “cylindrical”. What would a torus then be?

My thoughts would be to refer to a torus as being "torical", though I can't seem to find any use of that word anywhere. Is there a proper word for describing an object that has a similar shape to that ...
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Correct word for a triangle with truncated points?

Is there a correct or technical term for a two-dimensional hexagon in which three sides are significantly longer than the others, resembling a triangle with the points cut off? Specifically, a shape ...
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Is there a word for this three-pronged shape?

I'm looking for a noun to refer to this shape: The shape is simple enough that it seems there should be an established word for it. The best I could think of would be something like "three-pronged ...
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Is there an adjective meaning a more/less uneven aspect ratio?

I'm looking for an adjective for whether a shape is as wide as it is tall, i.e, is a rectangle or ellipses, vs a square or circle. "Rectangular" and the like usually refer to an object's sharp/round ...
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What is the name of this octagonal shape?

Let's say that this image (imagining that it has eight sides): is placed on top of this image (an octagonal prism): What will the resulting shape be called?
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How to call the two distinct points on a heart-shaped curve

A heart shape as it is usually drawn (♥) consists of two smooth curve segments which join at two points, one at the top and one at the bottom. What is the most concise way to refer to these points? I ...
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What's the word for the small square indicating a right angle in a geometric figure?

I'm talking about something in geometry notation and/or drafting, I think. It's the mini right-angle shape you can draw within an angle to indicate that it's ninety degrees. E.g., the mark denoting ...
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How to name the diagonals of a square so one can be told from the other?

A square has two diagonals, so how can I to name the separate diagonals if I want to distinguish one from another? I mean something like the up to down diagonal and the down to up diagonal. Do you ...
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What do you call the intersection of a rectangle and a circle?

The intersection of two rectangles is called a corner, but is there a word for the intersection of a rectangle and a circle? Is it still a corner? This picture I made probably explains it better: (...
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What do you call a cylinder with a hole down the center?

Imagine a 3D cylinder, like a can. Now imagine that almost like an axle spot for a wheel, there's a hole shaped in a perfect circle going down the cylinder. That's the shape I have to figure out the ...
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Is there a name for the “3d” version of a crescent shape?

Is there a name for the "3d" version of a crescent shape, like there for square (cube), circle (cylinder) etc. Can I call it a "crescent prism" - is this a valid term for it?
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Are there names for the measurements of an arrow?

I need to describe some measurements of an arrow shape. Are there names for the measurements described in the diagram pictured below? Blue lines indicate a measurement and are capped with red lines. ...
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Noun for for u-shaped bend on electrical component's pin (wire) to aid in placement (Beading / Ribbing / Crimp)?

I'm trying to find the correct noun for a u-shaped bend in an electrical component's pin. Is there a generic technical term that may usually refer to a deformation to reinforce e.g. an (angle) bracket ...
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The shape of lightning

Is there any word to describe something that has lightning/tree/vein like structure? Edit: I forgot to mention that I'd prefer a word that emphasizes the random nature of these structures. Otherwise ...
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What are the proper terms for these star shapes?

Both figures are star pentagrams. But as you can see, the shapes are different due to the degree in the angles. Are there proper terms for these two shapes? I find myself having a hard time describing ...