cy·​lin·​dri·​cal sə-ˈlin-dri-kəl How to pronounce cylindrical (audio)
variants or less commonly cylindric
: relating to or having the form or properties of a cylinder
cylindrically adverb

Examples of cylindrical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its unique curves and contours evoke the cylindrical airships of the early 20th century. Anna Tingley, Variety, 4 Dec. 2023 To break the window, the brand advises users to push the black head, or black cylindrical part, firmly into the bottom corner (not the center) of your side window until a spike releases and breaks the glass. Katie Brown, Travel + Leisure, 3 Dec. 2023 Find it on Amazon Add a Touch of Elegance with This 2-Piece Handcrafted Nesting Coffee Table Set The Handcrafted Nesting Coffee Tables feature a unique cylindrical design, adding a touch of rustic elegance to your space. Poppy Morgan, Rolling Stone, 24 Nov. 2023 The waste arrives inside cylindrical steel containers holding 55-gallon drums full of contaminated gloves, rags and protective booties, as well as the cement plugs that encase what was once liquid plutonium. Abe Streep, Scientific American, 10 Nov. 2023 Made of compressed ice flakes compacted into tiny cylindrical spheres, this type of ice is simultaneously chewy, crunchy, and airy. Lauren Joseph, Bon Appétit, 22 Nov. 2023 This male individual has selected a small cylindrical container, likely filled with life-sustaining H2O, and is tilting it expertly towards his intake orifice. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 16 Nov. 2023 Advertisement Famed for affordability and its cylindrical scoops available in roughly 40 flavors, Thrifty Ice Cream is one of the Southland’s most nostalgic treats, beloved by generations of Angelenos. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2023 The best rolling pins without handles also have two categories: straight (cylindrical) or tapered. Kristen (kj) Callihan, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cylindrical was in 1646

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Cite this Entry

“Cylindrical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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