glob·​u·​lar | \ ˈglä-byə-lər How to pronounce globular (audio) , 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



  • nonspherical
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Examples of globular in a Sentence

the globular streetlights give the pedestrian mall a Gay Nineties look
Recent Examples on the Web In addition, Scott included another layer of signposts: pulsars in globular clusters orbiting the Milky Way. National Geographic, "NASA sent a map to space to help aliens find Earth. Now it needs an update.," 10 Sep. 2020 Galaxies are often surrounded by dense clumps of stars called globular clusters. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Middleweight black holes finally found but they pose a puzzle," 2 Sep. 2020 In 1974, astronomers sent out the most powerful broadcast ever deliberately beamed into space from Arecibo, aimed at the globular star cluster M13. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Cable Snapped, and the Arecibo Observatory Went Dark. Here’s Why That Matters," 31 Aug. 2020 Exactly how globular clusters came to be in the first place, though, is still a cosmic mystery. Popular Science, "A local stellar graveyard could reveal our galaxy’s beginnings," 3 Aug. 2020 Herbs, frequently in the mint genus, also deter the pesky critters, as do smelly ornamental onions such as the familiar purple, globular allium. cleveland, "Defeat deer with smart and easy landscape solutions," 4 June 2020 There are types with gigantic, white, globular flower heads that can reach 10-12 inches long. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "With the right placement and little care, hydrangeas can make your Kentucky garden pop," 8 May 2020 The male widows, like most spider species, are much smaller than the females and may have a variety of streaks and spots on a browner, less globular abdomen. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "The 10 Most Dangerous Spiders in the World," 11 Nov. 2019 The Hercules Cluster is a prime example of a globular star cluster. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Mike Lynch: Celestial congestion of Hercules Cluster is a treasure," 8 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of globular was in 1626

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“Globular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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glob·​u·​lar | \ ˈgläb-yə-lər How to pronounce globular (audio) \

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 How to pronounce globularly (audio) \ adverb

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