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sphere

noun \ ˈsfir \

Definition of sphere

1 a (1) :the apparent surface of the heavens of which half forms the dome of the visible sky
(2) :any of the concentric and eccentric revolving spherical transparent shells in which according to ancient astronomy stars, sun, planets, and moon are set
b :a globe depicting such a sphere; broadly :globe a
2 a :a globular body :ball
b :planet, star
c (1) :a solid that is bounded by a surface consisting of all points at a given distance from a point constituting its center — see Volume Formulas Table
(2) :the bounding surface of a sphere
3 :natural, normal, or proper place; especially :social order or rank
  • not in the same sphere as his moneyed friends
4 a obsolete :orbit
b :an area or range over or within which someone or something acts, exists, or has influence or significance
  • the public sphere

spheric

play \ˈsfir-ik, ˈsfer-\ adjective, archaic

sphericity

play \sfir-ˈi-sə-tē\ noun

Examples of sphere in a Sentence

  1. All points on a sphere are the same distance from the center.

  2. Women at that time were confined to the domestic sphere.

  3. They recognize that jobs in the public sphere are valuable.

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Origin and Etymology of sphere

Middle English spere globe, celestial sphere, from Anglo-French espere, from Latin sphaera, from Greek sphaira, literally, ball; perhaps akin to Greek spairein to quiver — more at spurn

sphere Synonyms

Synonyms
globe, orb, 1ball
Related Words
bead, globule; egg, ellipse, loop, oval, spheroid; circle, ring, rondure, round; chunk, clump, gob, hunk, lump, nugget, wad
Near Antonyms
block, cube, rectangle, square

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sphere

verb

Definition of sphere

sphered; sphering
transitive verb
1 :to place in a sphere or among the spheres :ensphere
2 :to form into a sphere

First Known Use of sphere

1602


SPHERE Defined for English Language Learners

sphere

noun

Definition of sphere for English Language Learners

  • : a round object

  • geometry : a three-dimensional shape that looks like a ball

  • : an area of influence or activity


SPHERE Defined for Kids

sphere

noun \ ˈsfir \

Definition of sphere for Students

1 :an object (as the moon) shaped like a ball
2 :a figure so shaped that every point on its surface is an equal distance from its center
3 :a field of influence or activity
  • Electrical work is outside a plumber's sphere.


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