conical

adjective
con·​i·​cal | \ˈkä-ni-kəl \

Definition of conical 

: resembling a cone especially in shape

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Other Words from conical

conically \ˈkä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Examples of conical in a Sentence

The tree has a conical shape.

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These huge conical structures can vary in size, condition, and accessibility. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018 Max, 6, my youngest, bolted past the staff lined up to greet us and planted his nose on the lee-side picture window to watch a woman in a conical hat haul a net of glittering fish onto her sampan. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Summers: The Ultimate Guide to Not Wasting a Single Vacation With Your Kids," 20 July 2018 In 1936, the Individual Drinking Cup Company came to Chicago (at the time a hub for foldable paper products) to merge with Vortex Cup, then a leading manufacturer of conical disposable cups. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "That red plastic cup is a Chicago original. Proceed to party.," 29 June 2018 Rather, judging by the deformation of the conical, rifled bullet, the slug went in at an angle, embedding itself sideways in the man’s upper femur and precipitating a nasty longitudinal fracture down the bone’s length. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Newly Unearthed Civil War Bones Speak Silently to the Grim Aftermath of Battle," 20 June 2018 Other headgear in the mix included conical clown caps and slouchy sparkly beanies. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "It's haute harlequins and ringmaster chic at Moschino's circus-themed Burbank runway show," 13 June 2018 Their shape varies—some are cylinders, while others are more conical—and those differences in style mostly depend on what part of the island the statue stands in. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "How does a preindustrial society put a 13-ton hat on a statue?," 5 June 2018 The conical Volcan de Fuego reaches an altitude of 12,346 feet above sea level at its peak. NBC News, "At least 7 killed, 20 hurt by erupting volcano in Guatemala," 4 June 2018 The aromatic, North African spiced stew is slow-cooked in a shallow dish with a conical lid that creates steam from the cooking liquid. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Moroccan chicken tagine a flavorful and aromatic stew," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of conical

1570, in the meaning defined above

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conical

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of conical

: shaped like a cone

conical

adjective
con·​i·​cal | \ˈkä-ni-kəl \

Kids Definition of conical

: shaped like a cone a conical hill

conical

adjective
con·​i·​cal | \ˈkän-i-kəl \
variants: or conic \ˈkän-​ik \

Medical Definition of conical 

: resembling a cone especially in shape

Other Words from conical

conically \-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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