having the form of a sphere; globular. formed in or on a sphere, as a figure. 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.
Origin of spherical
1515–25;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
< Late Latin sphēric(us
) (see spherics1
) + -al1
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Related Words for sphericannular
Examples from the Web for spheric
Historical Examples of spheric
Stick to the shop, Mark, to itrochoidal paths and spheric sectors.
Yeast-cells are smooth, colorless, highly refractive, spheric or ovoid cells.
They are spheric or ovoid, yellow in color, and have a thick, radially striated shell (Fig. 101).
They split and coalesced into other creatures, and to the drummings of spheric harmonies resolved themselves scaly and monstrous.
British Dictionary definitions for spheric
Derived Formsspherically, adverbsphericalness, noun
shaped like a sphere
of or relating to a spherespherical geometry
geometry formed on the surface of or inside a spherea spherical triangle
- of or relating to heavenly bodies
- of or relating to the spheres of the Ptolemaic or the Copernican system
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Word Origin and History for spheric
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Having the shape of or approximating a sphere; globular.
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A radio emission from a stroke of lightning.
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