- a solid whose surface is generated by a line passing through a fixed point and a fixed plane curve not containing the point, consisting of two equal sections joined at a vertex.
- a plane surface resembling the cross section of a solid cone.
- the more or less conical multiple fruit of the pine, fir, etc., consisting of overlapping or valvate scales bearing naked ovules or seeds; a strobile.
- a similar fruit, as in cycads or club mosses.
verb (used with object), coned, con·ing.
Origin of cone
Examples from the Web for cone
Cone Mills features in all the major chapters of the 20th century.Glenn Beck Is Now Selling Hipster Clothes. Really.|Ana Marie Cox|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For his part, Logan now believes that more than 95 percent of cone bearing trees are infected.
In those early days, a loudspeaker was set in a plywood basket or frame with a circle cut out for the cone.
Whatever you think of the two pieces of music on display in these videos, one thing is beyond dispute: America loves a cone bra.
From cone bras at Jean-Paul Gaultier to Doc Martens and crop-tops on Lindsay Lohan and Agyness Deyn, grunge-era fashion is back.
We did so, and saw in the bright sunlight a dense dark cloud rising up out of the cone.Through Magic Glasses and Other Lectures|Arabella B. Buckley
The scales of the cone are the parts which under more favorable conditions would have been leaves.Cornell Nature-Study Leaflets|Various
Raut gripped the hand-rail tightly, and stared down at the cone.The Plattner Story and Others|H. G. Wells
So the base of any branch is a cone quite buried in the parent stem.Trees Worth Knowing|Julia Ellen Rogers
It may be well for them to have breathed through the cone on several occasions and to play a sort of game with it.Psychotherapy|James J. Walsh
British Dictionary definitions for cone
- a geometric solid consisting of a plane base bounded by a closed curve, often a circle or an ellipse, every point of which is joined to a fixed point, the vertex, lying outside the plane of the base. A right circular cone has a vertex perpendicularly above or below the centre of a circular base. Volume of a cone: 1/3 π r ² h, where r is the radius of the base and h is the height of the cone
- a geometric surface formed by a line rotating about the vertex and connecting the peripheries of two closed plane bases, usually circular or elliptical, above and below the vertexSee also conic section
- the reproductive body of conifers and related plants, made up of overlapping scales, esp the mature female cone, whose scales each bear a seed
- a similar structure in horsetails, club mosses, etcTechnical name: strobilus
Word Origin for cone
Word Origin and History for cone
1560s, from Middle French cone (16c.) or directly from Latin conus "a cone, peak of a helmet," from Greek konos "cone, spinning top, pine cone," perhaps from PIE root *ko- "to sharpen" (cf. Sanskrit sanah "whetstone," Latin catus "sharp," Old English han "stone").