spherical angle


: the angle between two intersecting arcs of great circles of a sphere measured by the plane angle formed by the tangents to the arcs at the point of intersection

Word History

First Known Use

1678, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spherical angle was in 1678

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“Spherical angle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spherical%20angle. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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