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

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 Cowboy Bebop is a castle of sand, with some edges firm and impressive, and others globular or in pieces on the ground. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 19 Nov. 2021 Natarajan: If those globular clusters like Pal 5 are further littered with black holes, the inventory just explodes, basically. Christopher Intagliata, Scientific American, 12 Aug. 2021 Other potential targets for the program included globular star clusters and aurorae on Jupiter. Julia Musto, Fox News, 21 July 2021 The telescope will also be observing globular star clusters and aurorae on the giant planet Jupiter. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 20 July 2021 Numerous visible globular star clusters are farther, with Messier 3 the most distant. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 10 May 2021 These stunners by Cult Gaia juxtapose a pointy toe with a globular heel for an architectural pair that will take you into high summer. Nicola Fumo, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021 Those metal-poor stars exist in great abundance in the outskirts of our galaxy: members of ancient structures known as globular clusters. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2021 Diederik Kruijssen, an astronomer at Heidelberg University in Germany, used galaxy simulations to train a neural network to scrutinize globular clusters. Charlie Wood, Quanta Magazine, 15 Dec. 2020

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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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28 Nov 2021

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“Globular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for globular


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 globular (audio) \ adverb

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