In film criticism, the blogosphere is the true sphere of influence.
Oceanographers say the new sphere will help open the sea's depths.
Theory suggests that this cloud should be an almost perfect sphere.
People have reported seeing ball lightning-a rare phenomenon that resembles a glowing sphere of electricity-for hundreds of years.
Instead, he suggested it was an oblate spheroid-a sphere that is squashed at its poles and swollen at the equator.
Water drops are usually ellipsoidal in shape and are less able than a sphere to concentrate light.
On it, he welds small sections of pipe to embed in the surface of a bronze sphere.
We have scrubbed the public sphere so clean, it is sometimes useful to get a dose of non-euphemized reality.
In fact, many mathematicians have contemplated sphere packing.
The outer sphere has six domes, each color-coded to match one of the marbles.
British Dictionary definitions for sphere
a three-dimensional closed surface such that every point on the surface is equidistant from a given point, the centre
the solid figure bounded by this surface or the space enclosed by it. Equation: (x–a)² + (y–b)² + (z–c)² = r², where r is the radius and (a, b, c) are the coordinates of the centre; surface area: 4πr²; volume: 4πr³/3
any object having approximately this shape; globe
the night sky considered as a vaulted roof; firmament
any heavenly object such as a planet, natural satellite, or star
(in the Ptolemaic or Copernican systems of astronomy) one of a series of revolving hollow globes, arranged concentrically, on whose transparent surfaces the sun (or in the Copernican system the earth), the moon, the planets, and fixed stars were thought to be set, revolving around the earth (or in the Copernican system the sun)
particular field of activity; environment that's out of my sphere
a social class or stratum of society
verb (transitive) (mainly poetic)
to surround or encircle
to place aloft or in the heavens
C14: from Late Latin sphēra, from Latin sphaera globe, from Greek sphaira
having the shape or form of a sphere bathysphere
indicating a spherelike enveloping mass atmosphere
1530s, restored spelling of M.E. spere (c.1300) "space, conceived as a hollow globe about the world," from O.Fr. espere (13c.), from L. sphæra "globe, ball, celestial sphere," from Gk. 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), in reference to British-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).