[ sfeer-iks, sfer- ]

  1. (used with a singular verb) electronic equipment for determining the position of storms by locating their accompanying atmospherics.

  2. (used with a plural verb) the atmospheric discharges located by this device.

  1. Also spherics. (used with a singular verb) the study of atmospherics.

Origin of sferics

First recorded in 1940–45; shortening and respelling of atmospherics

Words Nearby sferics

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British Dictionary definitions for sferics


/ (ˈsfɛrɪks) /

  1. the usual US spelling of spherics 2

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Scientific definitions for sferics


  1. The study of atmospherics, especially through the use of electronic detectors.

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