conical

adjective
con·​i·​cal | \ ˈkä-ni-kəl How to pronounce conical (audio) \

Definition of conical

: resembling a cone especially in shape

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Other Words from conical

conically \ ˈkä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce conically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of conical in a Sentence

The tree has a conical shape.

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The United States Geological Survey counts 169 potentially active volcanoes in the country — some of them straight-from-the-textbook conical mountains topped with craters, and others that hardly look the part at all. Alan Blinder, New York Times, "It’s Not Just Hawaii: The U.S. Has 169 Volcanoes That Could Erupt," 14 May 2018 Rare peridot from Pakistan suspended from a conical sphere of tsavorites. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How to See the Next Jewelry Masterpiece," 14 Mar. 2019 One of Central America's most active volcanoes, the conical Volcan de Fuego reaches an altitude of 12,346 feet above sea level at its peak. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Guatemala volcano eruption kills at least 65, forces thousands to evacuate," 2 Oct. 2018 When a tract of dry, thorny tropical forest was cleared to make way for pasture, a strange moonscape of single-story conical earthen mounds was revealed—200 million of them in fact, spaced at regular intervals as though manmade. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Found: A Field of Termite Mounds You Can See From Space," 19 Nov. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce conical (audio) \

Kids Definition of conical

: shaped like a cone a conical hill

conical

adjective
con·​i·​cal | \ ˈkän-i-kəl How to pronounce conical (audio) \
variants: or conic \ ˈkän-​ik How to pronounce conic (audio) \

Medical Definition of conical

: resembling a cone especially in shape

Other Words from conical

conically \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce conically (audio) \ adverb

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