cy·​lin·​dri·​cal | \sə-ˈlin-dri-kəl \
variants: or less commonly cylindric \sə-​ˈlin-​drik \

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 \ adverb

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Though the gadgets are still in their infancy, the companies making them have more or less coalesced around an agreed upon look of small, cylindrical, and stout. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Samsung’s got a smart speaker and it looks like a high-tech planter," 10 Aug. 2018 The landing comes less than two weeks after Hayabusa2 also dropped a pair of tiny cylindrical rovers on Ryugu’s surface. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Japanese spacecraft drops box-shaped robot on asteroid’s surface," 3 Oct. 2018 Among the artifacts found were a gilded silver mummy mask, fragments of mummy cartonnages, canopic cylindrical jars and marl clay and faience cups. Fox News, "Archaeologists in Egypt discover ancient mummification workshop," 2 Oct. 2018 In addition to 12 slots for storing all of your standard makeup brushes, the cylindrical bag also boasts a roomy zipper compartment for holding a handful of beauty essentials. Maria Cassano, Allure, "The 21 Best Makeup Bags and Cosmetic Cases for Every Budget," 29 Aug. 2018 Each speaker has seven microphones which are arrayed so the cylindrical speaker can pick up voice commands from far away or even in noisy rooms with lots of conversations going on. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Alexa creepily recorded a family's private conversations, sent them to business associate," 24 May 2018 The cylindrical structure flows into a duller, funnel-like cone, which tapers into a tower with rocket nozzles. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Inside the Test Chamber for NASA's Astronaut Vehicle Double," 12 July 2018 State officials monitor mosquito populations using cylindrical traps that lure the insects with a light and then suck them in with a fan. Scott Dance,, "Dealing with more bug bites than usual? Mosquitos are at 3 times their normal number in Maryland this summer.," 5 July 2018 The laws, however, are different in Southern Indiana where bottle rockets, Roman candles, fire crackers, sparklers, ground spinners, cone fountains, wheels and cylindrical fountains are legal. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "The five things you need to know before you hit the road for July 4," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of cylindrical

1646, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cylindrical

: shaped like a cylinder


cy·​lin·​dri·​cal | \sə-ˈlin-dri-kəl \

Kids Definition of cylindrical

: having a long round shape

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