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Polygons: open (excluding its boundary), boundary only (excluding interior), closed (including both boundary and interior), and self-intersecting

A polygon is a closed two-dimensional shape. It is a simple curve that is made up of straight line segments. It usually has three sides and three corners or more.

It could also be referred to as 'A closed plane figure bound by three or more straight line segments'. It has a number of sides, also called edges. A square is a polygon because it has four sides. The smallest possible polygon in a Euclidean geometry or "flat geometry" is the triangle, but on a sphere, there can be a digon and a henagon.

If the edges (lines of the polygon) do not intersect (cross each other), the polygon is called simple, otherwise it is complex.

In computer graphics, polygons (especially triangles) are often used to make graphics.


The List of polygons

Polygon names and miscellaneous properties
Name Sides Properties
monogon 1 Not generally recognised as a polygon,[1] although some disciplines such as graph theory sometimes use the term.[2]
digon 2 Not generally recognised as a polygon in the Euclidean plane, although it can exist as a spherical polygon.[3]
triangle (or trigon) 3 The simplest polygon which can exist in the Euclidean plane. Can tile the plane.
quadrilateral (or tetragon) 4 The simplest polygon which can cross itself; the simplest polygon which can be concave; the simplest polygon which can be non-cyclic. Can tile the plane.
pentagon 5 [4] The simplest polygon which can exist as a regular star. A star pentagon is known as a pentagram or pentacle.
hexagon 6 [4] Can tile the plane.
heptagon (or septagon) 7 [4] The simplest polygon such that the regular form is not constructible with compass and straightedge. However, it can be constructed using a Neusis construction.
octagon 8 [4]
enneagon (or nonagon) 9 [4]"Nonagon" mixes Latin [novem = 9] with Greek; "enneagon" is pure Greek.
decagon 10 [4]
hendecagon (or undecagon) 11 [4] The simplest polygon such that the regular form cannot be constructed with compass, straightedge, and angle trisector.
dodecagon (or duodecagon) 12 [4]
tridecagon (or trisdecagon) 13 [4]
tetradecagon 14 [4]
pentadecagon (or quindecagon) 15 [4]
hexadecagon (or hekkaidecagon) 16 [4]
heptadecagon (or septadecagon) 17 Constructible polygon
octadecagon 18 [4]
enneadecagon (or Nona decagon) 19 [4]
icosagon 20 [4]
icositetragon (or icosikaitetragon) 24 [4]
triacontagon 30 [4]
tetracontagon (or tessaracontagon) 40 [4][5]
pentacontagon (or pentecontagon) 50 [4][5]
hexacontagon (or hexecontagon) 60 [4][5]
heptacontagon (or hebdomecontagon) 70 [4][5]
octacontagon (or ogdoëcontagon) 80 [4][5]
enneacontagon (or enenecontagon) 90 [4][5]
hectogon (or hecatontagon) 100 [4]
257-gon 257 Constructible polygon
chiliagon 1,000 Philosophers including René Descartes,[6] Immanuel Kant,[7] David Hume,[8] have used the chiliagon as an example in discussions.
myriagon 10,000 Used as an example in some philosophical discussions, for example in Descartes's Meditations on First Philosophy
65,537-gon 65,537 Constructible polygon
megagon[9][10][11] 1,000,000 As with René Descartes's example of the chiliagon, the million-sided polygon has been used as an illustration of a well-defined concept that cannot be visualised.[12][13][14][15][16][17][18] The megagon is also used as an illustration of the convergence of regular polygons to a circle.[19]
apeirogon A degenerate polygon of infinitely many sides.


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