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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Bistro, which uses 35mm stainless steel conical burrs to crush beans, received high rankings for a consistent grind on multiple settings. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "The best coffee grinders of 2020," 4 Sep. 2020 Katsura tree makes a 40- to 50-foot tall tree that starts out quite formally upright and conical in youth and ages to a broad spreading shade tree. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "This ancient tree drops leaves that smell like cotton candy. And it grows in Kentucky," 12 Sep. 2019 Carole Baskin wears her signature flower crown and her husband, Harold, dons a conical birthday hat. Washington Post, "Inside Cameo, the app where Carole Baskin from ‘Tiger King’ will sing ‘In Da Club’ for $299," 14 Aug. 2020 These conical hills are similar to pingos on Earth, or small mountains made of ice found in the polar regions. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Dwarf planet Ceres is an ocean world with salty water under the surface, NASA mission finds," 11 Aug. 2020 The large Tanystropheus specimens have conical fangs that curve backwards and the remains of fish and squid-like creatures have been found in their stomachs. Popular Science, "This ancient reptile had a super long neck to sneak up on unsuspecting fish," 10 Aug. 2020 His work on conical valves—a key component in hydraulic engineering—was first mentioned in Europe more than two centuries later by Leonardo da Vinci, who was also reportedly fascinated by al-Jazari’s automatons. National Geographic, "Medieval robots? They were just one of this Muslim inventor's creations," 30 July 2020 Use a bimetal hole saw or a step drill, a conical bit with notches cut into it (each notch makes a different-size hole). Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How To Make This All-Metal Toolbox," 13 June 2020 The tall conical devices are believed to disrupt the formation of hail by blasting shock waves every few seconds during a storm. Amy Crawford, Smithsonian Magazine, "Six Crazy Attempts to Geoengineer the Weather," 10 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of conical

1570, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of conical was in 1570

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12 Sep 2020

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“Conical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conical. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for conical

conical

adjective
How to pronounce conical (audio)

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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