con·​i·​cal ˈkä-ni-kəl How to pronounce conical (audio)
: resembling a cone especially in shape
conically adverb

Example Sentences

The tree has a conical shape.
Recent Examples on the Web Prominent in the landscape and aptly named, the 4,498-foot conical sandstone formation known as the Pyramid serves as a focal point for the Carroll Canyon Area Trails on the west side of Sedona. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 6 Jan. 2023 Their steep, conical slopes are built by the eruption of viscous lava flows and rock, ash and gas. Audrey Mcavoy, ajc, 3 Nov. 2022 Anthropologists have excavated sphero-conical vessels throughout the Middle East and Central Asia for decades. Marisa Sloan, Discover Magazine, 12 Oct. 2022 Beyond, in the shadows, lies a 15-foot-tall conical cairn — a traditional pile of stones in a formation that has ancient Scottish roots — created by Stephen Bundschuh, a local stonemason. Nancy Hass Ngoc Minh Ngo, New York Times, 23 Sep. 2022 The finds revealed that Spinosaurus had a long snout full of conical teeth and comically stubby back legs. Riley Black, Discover Magazine, 7 Dec. 2020 These conical Christmas-tree holders are sculptures unto themselves. Anna Fixsen, ELLE Decor, 1 Dec. 2022 Cinder cone: These are the most common type, with steep conical hills with a prominent crater on top. George Petras, USA Today, 29 Nov. 2022 Ahyi seamount is a large conical submarine volcano. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, ajc, 15 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1570, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of conical was in 1570

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“Conical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


con·​i·​cal ˈkän-i-kəl How to pronounce conical (audio)
: shaped like a cone
a conical cap
conically adverb

Medical Definition


con·​i·​cal ˈkän-i-kəl How to pronounce conical (audio)
variants or conic
: resembling a cone especially in shape
conically adverb

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