[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. spher-,
  2. spheral,
  3. spherality,
  4. sphere,
  5. sphere of influence,
  6. spherical aberration,
  7. spherical angle,
  8. spherical astronomy,
  9. spherical coordinate,
  10. spherical coordinates

Often spher·ic.

Origin of spherical

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

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British Dictionary definitions for quasi-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 Formsspherically, adverbsphericalness, noun

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Word Origin and History for quasi-spherical



1520s, from sphere + -ical.

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Medicine definitions for quasi-spherical


[ sfîrĭ-kəl, sfĕr- ]


Having the shape of or approximating a sphere; globular.

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