spher·​oid | \ ˈsfir-ˌȯid How to pronounce spheroid (audio) , ˈsfer-\

Definition of spheroid

: a figure resembling a sphere also : an object of approximately spherical shape

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Other Words from spheroid

spheroidal \ sfi-​ˈrȯi-​dᵊl How to pronounce spheroidal (audio) \ or less commonly spheroid adjective
spheroidally \ sfi-​ˈrȯi-​dᵊl-​ē How to pronounce spheroidally (audio) \ adverb

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The ball has its shape — a prolate spheroid — because that was the natural shape of the inflated pig bladder used to make the first football in the 19th century. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "College football’s unluckiest defense? UW Huskies’ key for more turnovers: Don’t change anything," 30 Oct. 2018 The first human brain balls—aka cortical spheroids, aka neural organoids—agglomerated into existence just a few short years ago. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Mini Brains Just Got Creepier—They’re Growing Their Own Veins," 3 Apr. 2018 On the contrary, there is an irresistible impulse among the boys of suburban Minneapolis to put our gym shoes of varying stripe and quality through a prolate spheroid. Steve Rushin, SI.com, "How the toys and totems of the 1970s shaped a lifelong love of sports," 21 June 2017 The Earth is not a perfect sphere, but an oblate spheroid flattened at the poles. Randy Alfred, WIRED, "June 19, 240 B.C.: The Earth Is Round, and It’s This Big," 19 June 2008

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First Known Use of spheroid

1570, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spheroid was in 1570

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English Language Learners Definition of spheroid

technical : an object that is somewhat round but not perfectly round

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