spher·​i·​cal | \ ˈsfir-i-kəl How to pronounce spherical (audio) , 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

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spherically \ ˈsfir-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce spherical (audio) , ˈsfer-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for spherical



  • nonspherical
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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
Recent Examples on the Web The particles are made of ceramic and are spherical. Ian Palmer, Forbes, 19 May 2021 The most recent video appears to show a spherical blob flying above the ocean before diving into the wave or beyond the horizon. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2021 Now, MAST Upgrade is using its new heat exhaust system, the Super-X diverter, to greatly reduce the heat burden on all of the spherical tokamak’s parts. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 28 May 2021 André Courrèges released his Moon Girl collection, including white go-go boots and tall, spherical hats, in the spring of 1964. Leah Dolan, CNN, 22 May 2021 The difference in the arrival times, when accounting for the detailed physics of the nuclear decay process, defines a fuzzy, somewhat spherical shell in space in which the nucleus could have been. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, 19 May 2021 The neutron tomography images revealed a tiny, perfectly spherical lens with a few air bubbles inside – nothing exotic after all. Kiona N. Smith, Forbes, 15 May 2021 After obliteration of spherical specimens by the rover wheels, new sphericals-some with stalks-appeared atop the crests of old tracks. Mike Wehner, BGR, 9 May 2021 These fragments each possess a quality akin to surface tension that drives them to reduce their surface area by adopting more stable spherical shapes, much as bubbles do, Wilson explains. Charles Q. Choi, Scientific American, 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of spherical

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 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spherical

: having the shape of a sphere


spher·​i·​cal | \ ˈsfir-i-kəl How to pronounce spherical (audio) , ˈsfer- \

Kids Definition of spherical

: relating to or having the form of a sphere


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