[ 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.
Often spher·ic.

Origin of spherical

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


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Examples from the Web for spheric

  • They split and coalesced into other creatures, and to the drummings of spheric harmonies resolved themselves scaly and monstrous.

    Visionaries|James Huneker
  • They are spheric or ovoid, yellow in color, and have a thick, radially striated shell (Fig. 101).

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
  • Stick to the shop, Mark, to itrochoidal paths and spheric sectors.

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  • Yeast-cells are smooth, colorless, highly refractive, spheric or ovoid cells.

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British Dictionary definitions for spheric



/ (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 forms of spherical

spherically, adverbsphericalness, noun
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Medicine definitions for spheric

[ sfîrĭ-kəl, sfĕr- ]


Having the shape of or approximating a sphere; globular.
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Science definitions for spheric


A radio emission from a stroke of lightning.
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