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 conical (audio) \ adverb

Examples of conical in a Sentence

The tree has a conical shape.
Recent Examples on the Web Suspended from the ceiling over the stage was a white conical curtain, narrow at the top and wide at the base. Mick Stevens, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 Some villages now have windsocks, the conical tubes flown at airports, to show the direction and strength of the wind. The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Aug. 2021 In addition to their lengthy growth period, the agaves are cooked in conical stone ovens, using volcanic rocks and oak fires, resulting in surprising notes of rosemary, lavender and cinnamon, mingled with a citrus and herbaceous aroma. Richard Carleton Hacker, Robb Report, 25 Aug. 2021 Substantial efforts went into optimizing chine design and conical camber of the wing leading edge. Clarence L. Johnson, Popular Mechanics, 12 Aug. 2021 The image appeared to be replicating conical hats commonly worn across Southeast Asia, such as the the Nón Lá worn in Vietnam. NBC News, 8 Aug. 2021 The unusual, almost conical shape was designed to evoke an atmosphere of mystery -- and to inspire both children and adults to explore the pines and oaks of the surrounding Evans Children's Adventure Garden. Sarah Molano, CNN, 14 July 2021 The ceramic conical burrs can be adjusted to produce fine or coarse grounds. Leah Koenig, Forbes, 29 June 2021 In order to display the time as precisely as possible on the 50-degree inclined dial, conical gears were used to optimize the transmission of torque from one plane to another, a solution used in previous MB&F watches. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 8 July 2021

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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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“Conical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of conical

: shaped like a cone


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

Kids Definition of conical

: shaped like a cone a conical hill


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

Medical Definition of conical

: resembling a cone especially in shape

Other Words from conical

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

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