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

Examples of cylindrical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This greenery is remembered in political circles mainly because the first loan issued under the scheme—for a meaty $535m—went to Solyndra, a company devoted to cylindrical solar cells which went bust soon afterwards. The Economist, "Never let a crisis go to waste The pressure to make the post-covid rebound green," 23 May 2020 The cylindrical core is a dull metallic silver with several irregular nonagon fuel assemblies arranged in its center. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Coming Soon: A Nuclear Reactor—With a 3D Printed Core," 15 May 2020 Whiz, a cylindrical cleaning robot, will help distribute meals to patients and help keep the lobby clean. Fox News, "Tokyo unveils robots that will serve coronavirus patients at hotels," 1 May 2020 This metallic, blue-green jewel beetle has a cylindrical body with a surface coarsely punctured and covered with tufts of long, waxy, whitish, yellow or orange hairs. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The World’s Most Interesting Insects," 29 Apr. 2020 After ordering dry, whole-roasted crickets from a company in Maine that specializes in wholesale edible insects, Costilla simply ground some of the cylindrical bodies and added them to his mother’s salsa recipe. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, "Oak Cliff family launches new Cricket Salsa brand that’s packed with protein," 22 Jan. 2020 The bordelaise’s mostly cylindrical shape allows it to be stored on its side for aging, keeping its cork wet and maintaining a tight seal that prevents air from intruding. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeologists Unearth Remnants of Lost Scottish Wine-Bottle Glass Factory," 28 Apr. 2020 Police found a cylindrical container holding an empty plastic bag that smelled like marijuana. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Man with sweet tooth and minty breath steals from Speedway; senior citizen badmouths dog walkers; Berea police blotter," 24 Apr. 2020 Storing it in a transparent cylindrical container that is at least three times taller than its diameter helps to gauge the activity of your starter. Daniela Galarza, Dallas News, "A hopeful bake: How to make a sourdough starter in the midst of a startling pandemic," 31 Mar. 2020

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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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25 May 2020

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“Cylindrical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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