spherical

adjective spher·i·cal \ ˈsfir-i-kəl , ˈsfer- \

Definition of spherical

1 :having the form of a sphere or of one of its segments
2 :relating to or dealing with a sphere or its properties

spherically

play \ˈsfir-i-k(ə-)lē, ˈsfer-\ adverb

Examples of spherical in a Sentence

  1. the planet Earth is not, in fact, perfectly spherical

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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.

First Known Use of spherical

15th century

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SPHERICAL Defined for English Language Learners

spherical

adjective

Definition of spherical for English Language Learners

  • : having the shape of a sphere


SPHERICAL Defined for Kids

spherical

adjective spher·i·cal \ ˈsfir-i-kəl , ˈsfer- \

Definition of spherical for Students

:relating to or having the form of a sphere


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