Meaning of fractal

frac•tal

Pronunciation: (frak'tl), [key]
— n. Math., Physics.
  1. a geometrical or physical structure having an irregular or fragmented shape at all scales of measurement between a greatest and smallest scale such that certain mathematical or physical properties of the structure, as the perimeter of a curve or the flow rate in a porous medium, behave as if the dimensions of the structureare greater than the spatial dimensions.
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