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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.
Often, spheric.
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 spheric
Historical Examples
  • Stick to the shop, Mark, to itrochoidal paths and spheric sectors.

    Mark Gildersleeve John S. Sauzade
  • Yeast-cells are smooth, colorless, highly refractive, spheric or ovoid cells.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis James Campbell Todd
  • They are spheric or ovoid, yellow in color, and have a thick, radially striated shell (Fig. 101).

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis James Campbell Todd
  • They split and coalesced into other creatures, and to the drummings of spheric harmonies resolved themselves scaly and monstrous.

    Visionaries James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for spheric


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 spheric



1520s, from sphere + -ical.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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spheric in Medicine

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

spher'i·cal·ness n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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spheric in Science
sferic also spheric
  (sfîr'ĭk, sfěr'-)   
A radio emission from a stroke of lightning.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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