cone

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noun

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 Formulas Table
c
: a surface traced by a moving straight line passing through a fixed vertex
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
: something that resembles a cone in shape: such as
a
: any of the conical photosensitive receptor cells of the vertebrate retina that function in color vision compare rod sense 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

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Illustration of cone
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cone

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verb

coned; coning

transitive verb

1
: to make cone-shaped
2
: to bevel like the slanting surface of a cone
cone a tire

Example Sentences

Noun He scooped out the popcorn with a paper cone.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The Melitta cone coffee filter, invented by the German housewife Melitta Bentz, hasn’t changed since 1937. Belinda Lanks, WSJ, 17 Nov. 2022 What makes this new image of the Cone Nebula so breathtaking, though, is the way the pillar-like cone stretches across the center of the image, giving us a perfect look at its dark and cloudy appearance. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 13 Nov. 2022 The area where the storm came ashore remained within the cone of uncertainty for the full five days between formation and landfall. Dennis Mersereau, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2022 The cone only indicates where the center of the storm could go. Leigh Morgan, al, 7 Nov. 2022 In recent years, Johnson has observed smaller piñon mast crops, occurring with less frequency, and studies have linked drought and declining cone production. Sara Van Note, WIRED, 6 Nov. 2022 The former Snelgrove property at about 850 E. 2100 South — now scraped clear save for its ice cream cone sign — is slated for a 319-unit apartment complex to be called Sugar Town. Tony Semerad, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Nov. 2022 Their performance took place in front of a neon backdrop replicating the fractured ice cream cone from the Crybaby album cover, with two smaller cones dripping from their mic stands. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 28 Oct. 2022 Braking duties are also handled by Shimano, courtesy of non-series dual-piston hydraulic calipers (with a 180 millimeter-diameter rotor up front), and Shimano even provides the Deore front hub with serviceable cup-and-cone bearings. James Huang, Outside Online, 25 Oct. 2022
Verb
For years, the bridge district had allowed the annual marathon to cone off two of the northbound lanes to accommodate the popular run. Matier & Ross, SFChronicle.com, 1 July 2018 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Verb

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cone was in 1562

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Cite this Entry

“Cone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cone. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

cone

noun

ˈkōn
1
: a mass of overlapping woody scales that especially in the pines and other conifers are arranged on a structure like a stem and produce seeds between them
also : any of several flower or fruit clusters resembling such cones
2
a
: a solid figure formed by rotating a right triangle about one of its legs

called also right circular cone

b
: a solid figure that slopes evenly to a point from a usually circular base
3
: something shaped like a cone: as
a
: any of the cells of the retina that are sensitive to light and function in color vision
b
: the tip of a volcano

Medical Definition

cone

noun

1
: a solid having a circular base and sides that slope evenly to a point
2
a
: any of the conical photosensitive receptor cells of the vertebrate retina that function in color vision compare rod
b
: any of a family (Conidae) of numerous somewhat conical tropical gastropod mollusks that include a few highly poisonous forms see conus
3
: a cusp of a tooth especially in the upper jaw

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