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

Definition of cylindrical

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

Other Words from cylindrical

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

Examples of cylindrical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In September 2020, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company’s new 4680 battery cells — large, cylindrical cells that provide more power to electric vehicles at a lower cost. Eric Killelea, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Feb. 2022 However, there is a cylindrical section of the dust bin that holds a filter and shroud. Brad Moon, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Measuring just shy of 15 inches from tip to tail, the Subnado has a sleek, cylindrical body and a somewhat phallic silhouette. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 25 Mar. 2022 The contours of the reef give the wave its famous cylindrical shape. Outside Online, 2 Feb. 2022 During the confrontation, the man, while holding the box cutter, seemed to pull from his pocket a shiny, cylindrical object, Aaron said. Washington Post, 28 Jan. 2022 The object was later determined to be a metal cylindrical object, Drake said. Sophie Reardon, CBS News, 28 Jan. 2022 Pringles, too, takes viewers on a sentimental journey, traveled by an untitled character who gets the potato chip's iconic cylindrical container stuck on his hand — why waste any? Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 11 Feb. 2022 Circular cross-sections can be seen near plant cells under a microscope, but Innes wants to confirm that these shapes are exosome spheres, and not just cylindrical tubes. Roxanne Khamsi, Scientific American, 17 June 2020 See More

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First Known Use of cylindrical

1646, in the meaning defined above

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22 Apr 2022

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“Cylindrical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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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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