sphere

[ sfeer ]
/ sfɪər /

noun

verb (used with object), sphered, spher·ing.

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Origin of sphere

1250–1300; < Late Latin sphēra, Latin sphaera globe < Greek sphaîra ball; replacing Middle English spere < Old French spere < Late Latin spēra, variant of sphēra

OTHER WORDS FROM sphere

sphere·less, adjectivesphere·like, adjectivesub·sphere, nounun·spher·ing, adjective

Definition for sphere (2 of 2)

-sphere

a combining form of sphere (planisphere); having a special use in the names of the layers of gases and the like surrounding the earth and other celestial bodies (ionosphere).
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British Dictionary definitions for sphere (1 of 2)

sphere
/ (sfɪə) /

noun

verb (tr) mainly poetic

to surround or encircle
to place aloft or in the heavens

Word Origin for sphere

C14: from Late Latin sphēra, from Latin sphaera globe, from Greek sphaira

British Dictionary definitions for sphere (2 of 2)

-sphere

n combining form

having the shape or form of a spherebathysphere
indicating a spherelike enveloping massatmosphere

Derived forms of -sphere

-spheric, adj combining form
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Medical definitions for sphere

sphere
[ sfîr ]

n.

A ball-shaped or a globular body.

Other words from sphere

spheral (sfîrəl) adj.
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Scientific definitions for sphere

sphere
[ sfîr ]

A three-dimensional geometric surface having all of its points the same distance from a given point.
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