[sfer-i-kuhl, sfeer-]


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
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

Synonyms for spherical

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Examples from the Web for spheric

Historical Examples of spheric

  • Stick to the shop, Mark, to itrochoidal paths and spheric sectors.

    Mark Gildersleeve

    John S. Sauzade

  • 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.


    James Huneker

British Dictionary definitions for spheric




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 spheric



1520s, from sphere + -ical.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

spheric in Medicine


[sfîrĭ-kəl, sfĕr-]


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


A radio emission from a stroke of lightning.
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