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or cy·lin·dric

[si-lin-dri-kuh l or si-lin-drik]
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  1. of, relating to, or having the form of a cylinder.
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Origin of cylindrical

1640–50; < New Latin cylindric(us) (< Greek kylindrikós; see cylinder, -ic) + -al1
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
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circular, round, columnar

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cylindric (sɪˈlɪndrɪk)

  1. of, shaped like, or characteristic of a cylinder
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Derived Formscylindricality or cylindricalness, nouncylindrically, adverb
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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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cylindrical in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or having the shape of a cylinder, especially of a circular cylinder.
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