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spherics1

[sfer-iks, sfeer-] /ˈsfɛr ɪks, ˈsfɪər-/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
the geometry and trigonometry of figures formed on the surface of a sphere.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; earlier spheric, noun use of the adj. < Late Latin sphēricus < Greek sphairikós. See sphere, -ic, -ics

spherics2

[sfer-iks, sfeer-] /ˈsfɛr ɪks, ˈsfɪər-/
noun
1.
Also, sferics. (used with a singular verb) a branch of meteorology in which electronic devices are used to forecast the weather and to study atmospheric conditions.
2.
(used with a plural verb) Radio and Television. atmospherics.
3.
(used with a singular verb) sferics (def 3).
Origin
short for atmospherics
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British Dictionary definitions for spherics

spherics1

/ˈsfɛrɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) the geometry and trigonometry of figures on the surface of a sphere

spherics2

/ˈsfɛrɪks; ˈsfɪər-/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) short for atmospherics
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spherics in Science
sferics also spherics
  (sfîr'ĭks, sfěr'-)   
The study of atmospherics, especially through the use of electronic detectors.
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