- (often initial capital letter) half of the terrestrial globe or celestial sphere, especially one of the halves into which the earth is divided.Compare Eastern Hemisphere, Western Hemisphere, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere.
- a map or projection representing one of these halves.
- a half of a sphere.
- Anatomy. either of the lateral halves of the cerebrum or cerebellum.
- the area within which something occurs or dominates; sphere; realm.
Origin of hemisphere
Examples from the Web for hemisphere
The optimism across the hemisphere was obvious, but many challenges remain.Venezuela Says Goodbye to Its Lil Friend, While the Rest of the Continent Cheers
December 20, 2014
Polio, for example, has been eradicated in the Western hemisphere thanks to a vigorous international immunization program.Thanks to Anti-Vaxxers, Mumps Are Back. What’s Next?
March 20, 2014
And while important for the world stage, the nations of the hemisphere are doubly so for the United States.Latin America’s Secret Success Story
Shannon K. O'Neil
July 16, 2013
Inflation, now pushing 28 percent, is the worst in the hemisphere.After Chavez, Does 21st-Century Socialism Have a Future?
April 14, 2013
And as long as oil is flowing, Chávez will continue to the pump the Bolivarian dream across the hemisphere.After the Presidential Election, a Tough Road for Hugo Chávez
October 9, 2012
Human freedom is on the march, and nowhere more so than our own hemisphere.
Be sure that the stop valve in the neck of the hemisphere is open.Common Science
Carleton W. Washburne
Hemi” means “half,” so each half of the globe is called a “hemisphere.Where We Live
Emilie Van Beil Jacobs
In this hemisphere this is in each case the highest point north.A Field Book of the Stars
William Tyler Olcott
Crude: of course he was crude; he had a hemisphere for his canvas.A Preface to Politics
- one half of a sphere
- half of the terrestrial globe, divided into northern and southern hemispheres by the equator or into eastern and western hemispheres by some meridians, usually 0° and 180°
- a map or projection of one of the hemispheres
- either of the two halves of the celestial sphere that lie north or south of the celestial equator
- anatomy short for cerebral hemisphere
Word Origin and History for hemisphere
- A half of a symmetrical spherical structure as divided by a plane of symmetry.
- Either of the lateral halves of the cerebrum; a cerebral hemisphere.
- One half of a sphere, formed by a plane that passes through the center of the sphere.
- Either the northern or southern half of the Earth as divided by the equator, or the eastern or western half as divided by a meridian, especially the prime meridian.
- One half of the celestial sphere as divided by any of various great circles, especially the celestial equator and the ecliptic. See more at celestial sphere.
- See cerebral hemisphere.
Any half of the Earth's surface.