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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Surrounded by the ocean on three sides and dominated by mountains both flat-topped and conical, Cape Town is one of Africa’s most beautiful cities. National Geographic, "Africa by Private Jet," 12 June 2019 All crocodylians alive today have a similar body shape with relatively simple, conical teeth ideal for their semi-aquatic generalist carnivore lifestyles. Fox News, "Ancient crocodiles had vegetarian cousins that roamed the planet 200 million years ago, research shows," 27 June 2019 The uppermost layers at the site contain round quartzite (and a few sandstone) cobbles, with patterns of overlapping, conical scars on their flattest surfaces. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Capuchin monkeys have a 3,000-year archaeological record," 24 June 2019 The word mezcal is composed of two Nahuatl words: metl, which means maguey, and ixcalli, which refers to a conical, earthen oven where the agaves are cooked. Gillian Ferguson, latimes.com, "Mezcal For Dummies with Niki Nakazawa, the Oaxaca-based co-founder of Neta," 7 June 2019 The conical spires and pristine pale stonework of Dunrobin conjure up images of princess castles from storybooks and traditional European chateaus, and are a photographer’s dream. Glasgow, USA TODAY, "Glasgow, Gateway to Scotland: Witness the beauty and history of these 15 majestic castles," 13 June 2019 First described nearly two decades ago, the EmDrive works by converting electricity into microwaves and channeling this electromagnetic radiation through a conical chamber. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "A Mythical Form of Space Propulsion Finally Gets a Real Test," 5 June 2019 The coming-back bit of the lunar-orbit-rendezvous architecture was the command module–a conical three-person capsule. Oliver Morton, WIRED, "The Beauty and Madness of Sending a Man to the Moon," 4 June 2019 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

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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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