glob·​u·​lar | \ˈglä-byə-lər, sense 1b is also ˈglō-\

Definition of globular 

1a(1) : having the shape of a globe or globule

(2) : composed of compactly folded polypeptide chains arranged in a spherical form globular proteins

b : global

2 : having or consisting of globules

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Synonyms & Antonyms for globular


global, round, spherical



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Examples of globular in a Sentence

the globular streetlights give the pedestrian mall a Gay Nineties look

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But closer inspection reveals globular black accretions, like oil or tar, that pin down pieces of the netting, which also creeps into — or out of — rough gouges that have been made in the wall behind it., "'Millennial pink' meets art in 'Symmetry Breaking' exhibit at Marylhurst," 22 Oct. 2017 The globular colony is frozen in mid-rupture, releasing its brightly colored daughter colonies into the world to reproduce. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "Revel in the Big Details of Tiny Things With These Prize-Winning Images," 4 Oct. 2017 Visible objects this season include the sun, the planets Jupiter and Saturn, a globular star cluster, a binary star and the Ring Nebula. Elena Mejia Lutz, Indianapolis Star, "Butler's Holcomb Observatory hosts educational show on eclipses ahead of the real one," 8 Aug. 2017 Valued at a more modest $3 million, Untitled (2013), a sculpture by Wool, rests in a flowerbed at Buckingham Plaza North, where the globular tangle of bronze wire is juxtaposed against the rococo-style Buckingham Fountain. James Steinbauer,, "Along Chicago's Lakefront Trail, an open-air museum," 22 June 2017 Modern humans are distinguishable from, say, Neanderthals by our flatter, more delicate faces and our more globular crania, which encase larger and more complex brains. Alan Burdick, The New Yorker, "The Oldest Human Fossils Ever Discovered Have Stories to Tell," 7 June 2017 Such stars were once common in globular clusters, or dense clumps of extremely old stars that orbit galaxies, including our own. National Geographic, "Bizarre Black Holes Revealed by New Space-Time Ripples," 1 June 2017 Her taste runs toward ball dahlias, which resemble colorful globular beehives. Michael Tortorello, WSJ, "Flowers Into November? A Competitive Gardener’s Guide," 12 May 2017 The Milky Way’s roughly 150 globular clusters are about 10 billion years old—nearly as old as the galaxy. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "Dense Star Fields Might Be Home to Extraterrestrial Life," 7 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of globular

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for globular

partly from Latin globus + English -ular; partly from Latin globulus + English -ar

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glob·​u·​lar | \ˈgläb-yə-lər \

Medical Definition of globular 

1a : having the shape of a globe or globule

b : composed of compactly folded polypeptide chains arranged in a spherical form globular proteins

2 : having or consisting of globules

Other Words from globular

globularly \-​lē \ adverb

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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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