sferics

sferics

[sfeer-iks, sfer-]
noun
1.
(used with a singular verb) electronic equipment for determining the position of storms by locating their accompanying atmospherics.
2.
(used with a plural verb) the atmospheric discharges located by this device.
3.
Also, spherics. (used with a singular verb) the study of atmospherics.
4.
spherics2 ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1940–45; shortening and respelling of atmospherics

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sferics (ˈsfɛrɪks)
 
n
the usual US spelling of spherics

spherics or (US) sferics2 (ˈsfɛrɪks, ˈsfɪər-, ˈsfɛrɪks, ˈsfɪər-)
 
n
(functioning as singular) short for atmospherics
 
sferics or (US) sferics2
 
n

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sferics also spherics   (sfîr'ĭks, sfěr'-)  Pronunciation Key 
The study of atmospherics, especially through the use of electronic detectors.
sferic also spheric   (sfîr'ĭk, sfěr'-)  Pronunciation Key 
A radio emission from a stroke of lightning.
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