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is a polyhedron
In elementary geometry a polyhedron is a geometric solid in three dimensions with flat faces and straight edges...
having infinitely many faces. Like an ordinary polyhedron it forms a surface with no border. But where an ordinary polyhedral surface has no border because it folds round to close back on itself, an apeirohedron has no border because its surface is unbounded.
Two main types have been studied:
- Tilings or tessellation
A tessellation or tiling of the plane is a pattern of plane figures that fills the plane with no overlaps and no gaps. One may also speak of tessellations of parts of the plane or of other surfaces. Generalizations to higher dimensions are also possible. Tessellations frequently appeared in the art...
s of the plane.
- Skew polyhedra filling 3-space.
In general, an n-apeirotope
is an infinite n-polytope
In elementary geometry, a polytope is a geometric object with flat sides, which exists in any general number of dimensions. A polygon is a polytope in two dimensions, a polyhedron in three dimensions, and so on in higher dimensions...
. Again there are two main classes studied: tessellations of (n-1)-space, or skew
forms in n-space.
For example the convex uniform honeycomb
In geometry, a convex uniform honeycomb is a uniform tessellation which fills three-dimensional Euclidean space with non-overlapping convex uniform polyhedral cells.Twenty-eight such honeycombs exist:* the familiar cubic honeycomb and 7 truncations thereof;...
s are uniform
A uniform polytope is a vertex-transitive polytope made from uniform polytope facets of a lower dimension. Uniform polytopes of 2 dimensions are the regular polygons....