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[si-lin-dri-kuh l] /sɪˈlɪn drɪ kəl/
of, relating to, or having the form of a cylinder.
Also, cylindric.
Origin of cylindrical
1640-50; < New Latin cylindric(us) (< Greek kylindrikós; see cylinder, -ic) + -al1
Related forms
cylindricality, cylindricalness, noun
cylindrically, adverb
subcylindric, adjective
subcylindrical, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cylindrical
  • He loads them into a cylindrical case, much as he might slide batteries into a tubular flashlight.
  • By cutting the edges off a cylindrical one, he stopped it from rolling off a table.
  • The cylindrical tank has two outlets and one inlets.
  • What's more, the company makes the batteries in a flat shape rather than in the typical cylindrical design.
  • The rods are cylindrical, of nearly uniform thickness, and are arranged perpendicularly to the surface.
  • It consists of a cylindrical metal chimney, covered at the top with a piece of rather coarse iron wire gauze.
  • The textured metal is then curled into a long cylindrical bead, and a mold is made.
  • The mosquitoes are housed in a few dozen cylindrical containers, about the size of beach buckets, covered with mesh lids.
  • Guests stay in comfortable thatched cylindrical huts.
  • Some of the community's dead were buried above ground in small, cylindrical structures made of stone.
British Dictionary definitions for cylindrical


of, shaped like, or characteristic of a cylinder
Derived Forms
cylindricality, cylindricalness, noun
cylindrically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for cylindrical

1640s, probably from cylindric (but this is attested only from 1680s), from Greek kylindrikos, from kylindros (see cylinder) + -al (1).

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cylindrical in Medicine

cylindrical cyl·in·dri·cal (sə-lĭn'drĭ-kəl)
Of, relating to, or having the shape of a cylinder, especially of a circular cylinder.

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