cone

noun
\ ˈkōn How to pronounce cone (audio) \

Definition of cone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
2a : 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

cone

verb
coned; coning

Definition of cone (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Noun

cone 2a: 1 Sitka spruce, 2 Japanese cedar, 3 giant sequoia, 4 white spruce, 5 redwood, 6 lodgepole pine, 7 Douglas fir, 8 bald cypress, 9 jack pine

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Examples of cone in a Sentence

Noun

He scooped out the popcorn with a paper cone.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

More than 20 evidence cones were placed in the street at the entrance to the complex. nola.com, "Man shot in St. Claude neighborhood Sunday afternoon: NOPD," 9 June 2019 Carla suffered from cone-rod dystrophy, a condition that causes a person's vision to deteriorate over time. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "When a solo traveler went missing in Peru, it changed her family's lives completely," 9 June 2019 Kelliher-Combs used all natural materials creating hollow cones attached to strings: sheep and goat rawhide, wool yarn, steel wire, beeswax and nylon thread. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Minneapolis Institute of Art exhibit is first to honor Native women artists," 7 June 2019 The ever-fascinating Fibonacci spiral, for example, shows up in everything from sunflower seed arrangements to nautilus shells to pine cones. Maddie Burakoff, Smithsonian, "Decoding the Mathematical Secrets of Plants’ Stunning Leaf Patterns," 6 June 2019 Ford’s alpha dog is pure action cool, ripping off Max’s cone in disgust (not the best message for kids in treatment), rejecting Max’s embarrassed neurosis and being the cold, silent type. Mark Kennedy, Houston Chronicle, "‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ is a well-crafted sequel," 6 June 2019 Fan photos on social media, taken at the end of the winding driveway, show orange cones blocking unauthorized cars from driving up to the front of the house. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Tony Soprano's house is for sale," 3 June 2019 There was sushi with pink rice, ice cream cones covered in glitter, french fries in branded pink sleeves, and ramen (one of Kylie's favorite foods) for guests to munch on. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Celebrates the Launch of Kylie Skin with an Epic Party Worthy of an MTV Special," 22 May 2019 That's partly thanks, no doubt, to some special assistants: George, Charlotte, and Louis apparently helped collect sticks, leaves, and pine cones from their home for the garden. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "These New Pictures of Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis Will Make Your Heart Melt," 19 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: 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, "This month’s SF Marathon runs into obstacle at Golden Gate Bridge," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of cone

Noun

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cone

Noun

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

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cone

noun

English Language Learners 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

cone

noun
\ ˈkōn How to pronounce cone (audio) \

Kids Definition of cone

1 : a thin crisp cookie shaped to hold ice cream
2 : a scaly structure of certain trees (as the pine or fir) that produces pollen or egg cells and seeds
3 : a shape with a circular base and sides that taper evenly to a point
4 : a cell of the retina of the eye that is sensitive to colored light

cone

noun
\ ˈkōn How to pronounce cone (audio) \

Medical Definition of cone

1 : a solid having a circular base and sides that slope evenly to a point
2a : 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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