• synonyms


  1. Also con·i·cal. having the form of, resembling, or pertaining to a cone.
Show More
  1. Geometry. conic section.
Show More

Origin of conic

1560–70; < Greek kōnikós, equivalent to kôn(os) cone + -ikos -ic
Related formscon·i·cal·ly, adverbco·nic·i·ty [ko-nis-i-tee] /kɒˈnɪs ɪ ti/, con·i·cal·ness, nounmul·ti·con·ic, adjectivesem·i·con·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·con·i·cal·ly, adverbsub·con·ic, adjectivesub·con·i·cal, adjectivesub·con·i·cal·ly, adverbun·con·i·cal, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for conically

Historical Examples of conically

  • With its imposing front and conically roofed towers it is one of the best examples of a twelfth-century fortress-chteau.

    Legends &amp; Romances of Brittany

    Lewis Spence

  • At its conically turned end, the armature-shaft carries an arm B, held in place by a nut.

  • Parietal valves six; opercular valves four, placed against each other conically in pairs.

    A Conchological Manual

    George Brettingham Sowerby

British Dictionary definitions for conically


adjective Also: conical
    1. having the shape of a cone
    2. of or relating to a cone
Show More
  1. another name for conic section
Show More
See also conics
Derived Formsconically, adverb

Word Origin for conic

C16: from New Latin, from Greek kōnikos, from kōnos cone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for conically



1560s, "pertaining to a cone," from Latin conicus, from Greek konikos "cone-shaped," from konos (see cone).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper