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[sfer-iks, sfeer-]
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noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. the geometry and trigonometry of figures formed on the surface of a sphere.

Origin of spherics1

1650–60; earlier spheric, noun use of the adj. < Late Latin sphēricus < Greek sphairikós. See sphere, -ic, -ics


[sfer-iks, sfeer-]
  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 of spherics2

short for atmospherics
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Examples from the Web for spherics

Historical Examples

  • A treatise of his “on Spherics” still exists, and was printed in Paris in 1558.

    The Geography of Strabo, Volume II (of 3)


British Dictionary definitions for spherics


  1. (functioning as singular) the geometry and trigonometry of figures on the surface of a sphere


US sferics

  1. (functioning as singular) short for atmospherics
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spherics in Science


  1. The study of atmospherics, especially through the use of electronic detectors.
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