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noun \ˈkōn\

Simple Definition of cone

  • : a shape that has a pointed top and sides that form a circle at the bottom

  • : a hard and dry part that is the fruit of a pine tree or other evergreen plant and contains many seeds

  • : something that looks like a cone

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cone

  1. 1 a :  a solid generated by rotating a right triangle about one of its legs —called also right circular cone b :  a solid bounded by a circular or other closed plane base and the surface formed by line segments joining every point of the boundary of the base to a common vertex — see volume table c :  a surface traced by a moving straight line passing through a fixed vertex

  2. 2 a :  a mass of ovule-bearing or pollen-bearing scales or bracts in most conifers or in cycads that are arranged usually on a somewhat elongated axis b :  any of several flower or fruit clusters suggesting a cone

  3. 3 :  something that resembles a cone in shape: as a :  any of the conical photosensitive receptor cells of the vertebrate retina that function in color vision — compare rod 3 b :  any of a family (Conidae) of tropical marine gastropod mollusks that inject their prey with a potent toxin c :  the apex of a volcano d :  a crisp usually cone-shaped wafer for holding ice cream

Examples of cone in a sentence

  1. He scooped out the popcorn with a paper cone.



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Origin and Etymology of cone

Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin conus, from Greek kōnos


First Known Use: 1545


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cone

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Definition of cone

coned

coning

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make cone-shaped

  3. 2 :  to bevel like the slanting surface of a cone <cone a tire>



1845

First Known Use of cone

1845



CONE Defined for Kids

cone

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noun \ˈkōn\

Definition of cone for Students

  1. 1 :  a thin crisp cookie shaped to hold ice cream

  2. 2 :  a scaly structure of certain trees (as the pine or fir) that produces pollen or egg cells and seeds

  3. 3 :  a shape with a circular base and sides that taper evenly to a point

  4. 4 :  a cell of the retina of the eye that is sensitive to colored light




Medical Dictionary

cone

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noun \ˈkōn\

Medical Definition of cone

  1. 1:  a solid having a circular base and sides that slope evenly to a point

  2. 2a:  any of the conical photosensitive receptor cells of the vertebrate retina that function in color vision—compare rodb:  any of a family (Conidae) of numerous somewhat conical tropical gastropod mollusks that include a few highly poisonous forms—see conus

  3. 3:  a cusp of a tooth especially in the upper jaw




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