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

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But in that moment of sadness, darkness, comes a touch of light, a glimmer, the lone positive spirit leaking out of Pandora’s now empty cylindrical glass box. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "We Made a Beer Documentary and You Can Pre-Order It Now," 27 Feb. 2019 Street style stars carried versions with polka-dot print, though those cylindrical-shaped styles come in solid leather and wicker basket, too. Vogue, "The 5 Spring Bag Trends to Know, From the Coolest Women Around the World," 10 Mar. 2019 Embrace the cylindrical shape in addition to the boxier styles of recent years. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "5 Handbag Trends to Keep Your Eyes on in 2019," 22 Jan. 2019 When Colombian suppliers complained the packaging was damaging their product, Mr. Guzmán asked the suppliers to send cocaine in a cylindrical mold instead of the usual rectangular brick. Nicole Hong, WSJ, "What El Chapo’s Trial Revealed: The Inner Workings of a $14 Billion Drug Empire," 12 Feb. 2019 As kids push it around, colorful balls swirl around the clear, cylindrical body, just like a cyclone of dust would in a real vacuum. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Dyson Is Selling a $30 Toy Vacuum for Kids That Actually Works," 27 Nov. 2018 Along with the finished vehicles, Rivian is also producing its own battery packs at the facility using cylindrical cells provided by an as yet undisclosed source. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Rivian Automotive looking to battle electric cars with battery-powered trucks," 21 Sep. 2018 Take the Ledge Off A cylindrical hood added curves to an otherwise angular kitchen and contributes to the room’s sense of lightness. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "An Industrial Kitchen for People Who Love Nature," 19 Nov. 2018 But the $150 Charge 3, with its big display and smattering of smartwatch capabilities, is for a different audience than those who would gravitate to the tiny, quasi-cylindrical Flex 2. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Fitbit Charge 3 review: Peppering a fitness tracker with smartwatch powers," 12 Oct. 2018

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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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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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to take the place or position of

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