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[sfer-i-kuh l, sfeer-] /ˈsfɛr ɪ kəl, ˈsfɪər-/
having the form of a sphere; globular.
formed in or on a sphere, as a figure.
of or relating to a sphere or spheres.
pertaining to the heavenly bodies, or to their supposed revolving spheres or shells.
pertaining to the heavenly bodies regarded astrologically as exerting influence on humankind and events.
Origin of spherical
1515-25; < Late Latin sphēric(us) (see spherics1) + -al1
Related forms
sphericality, noun
spherically, adverb
nonspheric, adjective
nonspherical, adjective
nonspherically, adverb
nonsphericality, noun
quasi-spherical, adjective
quasi-spherically, adverb
subspheric, adjective
subspherical, adjective
unspherical, adjective
1. rounded. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for spherical
  • Any spinning sphere that it is not entirely spherical should wobble in this way.
  • The fountain's spherical shape is echoed by a trio of orbs carefully placed on the deck in the background.
  • Magnificent, spherical cactus covered with bright yellow curved spines.
  • And then there is the global, er spherical shape that lends itself to inherent global thinking too.
  • The nucleus is spherical and situated about the center of the cell.
  • The idea is for them to disperse sound in all directions at once, which means a spherical shape.
  • It had published astronomical tables, and had developed plain and spherical trigonometry for astronomical uses.
  • Chances are nudity will be involved, also some large spherical fruit.
  • They're the pale, spherical things that are full of bullets.
  • We concentrated a lot on spherical worlds and focused on gravity.
British Dictionary definitions for spherical


shaped like a sphere
of or relating to a sphere: spherical geometry
(geometry) formed on the surface of or inside a sphere: a spherical triangle
  1. of or relating to heavenly bodies
  2. of or relating to the spheres of the Ptolemaic or the Copernican system
Derived Forms
spherically, adverb
sphericalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for spherical

1520s, from sphere + -ical.

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spherical in Medicine

spherical spher·i·cal (sfēr'ĭ-kəl, sfěr'-)
Having the shape of or approximating a sphere; globular.

spher'i·cal·ness n.
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