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

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

Examples of cylindrical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the Buto tombs were found with human remains in a squatting position, while tombs from the Naqada period had cylindrical and pear-shaped vessels, the Jerusalem Post reported. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, "Egyptian archeologists unearth 5,000-year-old tombs near the Nile River," 30 Apr. 2021 Made of weatherproof spruce wood, this chair is durable and features a cylindrical shape and stand that give it a unique, modern appeal. Olivia Hanson, Better Homes & Gardens, "These Outdoor Egg Chairs Sell Out Constantly—Here’s Where You Can Still Find Them," 23 Apr. 2021 The new plants will be capable of producing both pouch cells and cylindrical cells. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, "LG Chem Commits $4.5B To Expand EV Battery Production Capacity In US By 70 GWh," 11 Mar. 2021 Lastly, the Villa Catalina homes are grand, six-bedroom, six-bathroom masterpieces whose semi-cylindrical design captures views of the sea, a TPC golf course and the cliffs. San Francisco Chronicle, "Getaway: Danzante Bay offers luxurious real estate, outdoor adventures," 8 Mar. 2021 Pellet ice is cylindrical, with smooth sides and rough ends, as if each piece had been snapped off of a long dowel of ice. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "Pellet Ice Is the Good Ice," 27 Jan. 2021 The screen can automatically move 360 degrees on its cylindrical base. Nicole Nguyen, WSJ, "Amazon Echo Show 10 Review: Alexa Has Got Its Eye on You," 24 Feb. 2021 Hand-molded from earthenware, the cylindrical table features a ribbed texture around the sides and comes in gray, white, and terra-cotta colors. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Fluted Detailing Is the Trendy Texture That Adds Classic Style to Furnishings," 23 Feb. 2021 On Thursday, after power was restored to all 80 stations, SAWS workers pulled giant cylindrical slugs of ice from at least one far North Side station to get it back in service. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "Left in the dark," 21 Feb. 2021

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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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4 May 2021

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“Cylindrical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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