The decision was, instead, an intervention by a force of order into a sphere of mounting (and potentially catastrophic) disorder.
“Seeking their permission was not in my sphere of responsibility,” Sanderson replied.
This may be precisely the point: that fiction at its best is a sphere of suspended belief as much as suspended disbelief.
And the steam engine that powered the reciprocating motion of the sphere was located in a separate room from the patient.
His sphere is a perfect round structure made of tiny delicate mouse skulls.
My only desire is to develop and enlarge the sphere of your conceptions.
Immediately both dived, and became as it were non-existent on this sphere.
The sphere of the Papacy extends in all directions around Italy taken as a local center.
Delve from the surface of your sphere to its heart, and at once your radius joins every other.
Unfortunately, however, this sphere of opportunity has hitherto been very limited.
1530s, restored spelling of Middle English spere (c.1300) "space, conceived as a hollow globe about the world," from Old French espere (13c.), from Latin sphaera "globe, ball, celestial sphere," from Greek sphaira "globe, ball," of unknown origin.
Sense of "ball, body of globular form" is from late 14c. Medieval astronomical meaning "one of the 8 (later 10) concentric, transparent, hollow globes believed to revolve around the earth and carry the heavenly bodies" is from late 14c.; the supposed harmonious sound they made rubbing against one another was the music of the spheres (late 14c.). Meaning "range of something" is first recorded c.1600 (e.g. sphere of influence, 1885, originally in reference to Anglo-German colonial rivalry in Africa). A spherical number (1640s) is one whose powers always terminate in the same digit as the number itself (5,6, and 10 are the only ones).
A ball-shaped or a globular body.