spher·​i·​cal ˈsfir-i-kəl How to pronounce spherical (audio)
: having the form of a sphere or of one of its segments
: relating to or dealing with a sphere or its properties
spherically adverb

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Something spherical is like a sphere in being round, or more or less round, in three dimensions. Apples and oranges are both spherical, for example, even though they're never perfectly round. A spheroid has a roughly spherical shape; so an asteroid, for instance, is often spheroidal—fairly round, but lumpy.

Examples of spherical in a Sentence

the planet Earth is not, in fact, perfectly spherical
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of spherical was in the 15th century

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“Spherical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spherical. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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spher·​i·​cal ˈsfir-i-kəl How to pronounce spherical (audio)
: relating to or having the form of a sphere or part of a sphere
spherically adverb

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