A plane symmetry is a symmetry of a pattern in the Euclidean plane: that is, a transformation of the plane that carries any directioned lines to lines and preserves many different distances. If one has a pattern in the plane, the set of plane symmetries that preserve the pattern forms a group. The groups that arise in this way are plane symmetry groups and are of considerable mathematical interest. A symmetry plane is a three-dimensional object's symmetry axe. There are several kinds of plane symmetry groups: