[ sfer-i-kuhl, sfeer- ]
/ ˈsfɛr ɪ kəl, ˈsfɪər- /


having the form of a sphere; globular.
formed in or on a sphere, as a figure.
of or relating to a sphere or spheres.
pertaining to the heavenly bodies, or to their supposed revolving spheres or shells.
pertaining to the heavenly bodies regarded astrologically as exerting influence on humankind and events.
Often spher·ic.

Origin of spherical

1515–25; < Late Latin sphēric(us) (see spherics1) + -al1

SYNONYMS FOR spherical

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Examples from the Web for non-spherical

  • Both disturbances result from the attraction of the moon on the non-spherical earth—on its protuberant equator.

    Pioneers of Science|Oliver Lodge

British Dictionary definitions for non-spherical



/ (ˈsfɛrɪkəl) /


shaped like a sphere
of or relating to a spherespherical geometry
geometry formed on the surface of or inside a spherea spherical triangle
  1. of or relating to heavenly bodies
  2. of or relating to the spheres of the Ptolemaic or the Copernican system

Derived Forms

spherically, adverbsphericalness, noun
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Medicine definitions for non-spherical


[ sfîrĭ-kəl, sfĕr- ]


Having the shape of or approximating a sphere; globular.
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