cy·​lin·​dri·​cal | \ sə-ˈlin-dri-kəl How to pronounce cylindrical (audio) \
variants: or less commonly cylindric \ sə-​ˈlin-​drik How to pronounce cylindric (audio) \

Definition of cylindrical

: relating to or having the form or properties of a cylinder

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cylindrically \ sə-​ˈlin-​dri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cylindrically (audio) \ adverb

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These cylindrical lanterns look like stained glass and light up any yard. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Colorful, whimsical or classic, yard art can enhance your garden’s overall appeal," 3 July 2019 When NanoRacks performed thermal modeling of the oven’s function in microgravity, the results suggested heat will concentrate in the center of the cylindrical, insulated cooking chamber. Chelsea Gohd, Scientific American, "The Space Station May Soon Smell like Fresh-Baked Cookies," 2 July 2019 Two fountains under its cabin sprayed water in its path, and a gigantic cylindrical brush rotated behind it, scrubbing wet asphalt. Sophia Moskalenko, Vox, "I was a child of Chernobyl," 2 July 2019 In a second body cam clip, an officer empties Zhukovskyy’s pockets pulling out two lighters, a wallet, lip balm, a package of cigarettes, one other object, and a small cylindrical tube. Matt Rocheleau,, "Video shows recent drug charge arrest of truck driver charged in deadly N.H. crash," 27 June 2019 These small engines are embedded inside the Starliner’s service module, a cylindrical structure that sits underneath the capsule during launch to provide support. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Failure during engine test could delay Boeing’s new passenger spacecraft," 23 July 2018 But in that moment of sadness, darkness, comes a touch of light, a glimmer, the lone positive spirit leaking out of Pandora’s now empty cylindrical glass box. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "We Made a Beer Documentary and You Can Pre-Order It Now," 27 Feb. 2019 Street style stars carried versions with polka-dot print, though those cylindrical-shaped styles come in solid leather and wicker basket, too. Vogue, "The 5 Spring Bag Trends to Know, From the Coolest Women Around the World," 10 Mar. 2019 Embrace the cylindrical shape in addition to the boxier styles of recent years. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "5 Handbag Trends to Keep Your Eyes on in 2019," 22 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of cylindrical

1646, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cylindrical was in 1646

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English Language Learners Definition of cylindrical

: shaped like a cylinder


cy·​lin·​dri·​cal | \ sə-ˈlin-dri-kəl How to pronounce cylindrical (audio) \

Kids Definition of cylindrical

: having a long round shape

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