[si-lin-dri-kuh l or si-lin-drik]
of, relating to, or having the form of a cylinder.
Origin of cylindrical
1640–50;Related formscy·lin·dri·cal·i·ty, cy·lin·dri·cal·ness, nouncy·lin·dri·cal·ly, adverbsub·cy·lin·dric, adjectivesub·cy·lin·dri·cal, adjective
< New Latin cylindric(us
) (< Greek kylindrikós;
) + -al1
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Corinne put out her hand and patted Pascal's cylindrical wrist.
The asci are cylindrical, slightly pointed at the apex, 8-spored.
A cylindrical building, unexpected in this wilderness, loomed up.
The legs were cylindrical, jointed at knee and thigh with huge discs.
Conic -al: cylindrical, with a flat base, tapering to a point.
British Dictionary definitions for cylindrical
Derived Formscylindricality or cylindricalness, nouncylindrically, adverb
of, shaped like, or characteristic of a cylinder
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Word Origin and History for cylindrical
1640s, probably from cylindric (but this is attested only from 1680s), from Greek kylindrikos, from kylindros (see cylinder) + -al (1).
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Of, relating to, or having the shape of a cylinder, especially of a circular cylinder.
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