[sfer-i-kuhl, sfeer-]
  1. having the form of a sphere; globular.
  2. formed in or on a sphere, as a figure.
  3. of or relating to a sphere or spheres.
  4. pertaining to the heavenly bodies, or to their supposed revolving spheres or shells.
  5. 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
Related formsspher·i·cal·i·ty, nounspher·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·spher·ic, adjectivenon·spher·i·cal, adjectivenon·spher·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·spher·i·cal·i·ty, nounqua·si-spher·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-spher·i·cal·ly, adverbsub·spher·ic, adjectivesub·spher·i·cal, adjectiveun·spher·i·cal, adjective

Synonyms for spherical

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Examples from the Web for non-spherical

Historical Examples of non-spherical

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

British Dictionary definitions for non-spherical



  1. shaped like a sphere
  2. of or relating to a spherespherical geometry
  3. 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 Formsspherically, adverbsphericalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for non-spherical



1520s, from sphere + -ical.

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non-spherical in Medicine


[sfîrĭ-kəl, sfĕr-]
  1. Having the shape of or approximating a sphere; globular.
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