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[sfer-i-kuhl, sfeer-]
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  1. having the form of a sphere; globular.
  2. formed in or on a sphere, as a figure.
  3. of or relating to a sphere or spheres.
  4. pertaining to the heavenly bodies, or to their supposed revolving spheres or shells.
  5. pertaining to the heavenly bodies regarded astrologically as exerting influence on humankind and events.
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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

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Related Words for spherical

rounded, celestial, circular, globular, orbicular, spheroidal, astronomical, heavenly, global, rotund, round, stellar, globate

Examples from the Web for spherical

Historical Examples of spherical

  • It was as if they did not exist in this spherical vehicle of the dimensions.

    Wanderer of Infinity

    Harl Vincent

  • "By spherical trigonometry, certainly," said Mendelssohn pleasantly.

  • It's an addition to our data of spherical objects that have arrived upon this earth.

  • Spherical: in the form of a sphere: a body in which all diameters are equal.

  • But how is it that they are subdued into that spherical obedience, like a crystal of wavellite?

British Dictionary definitions for spherical



  1. shaped like a sphere
  2. of or relating to a spherespherical geometry
  3. 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
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Derived Formsspherically, adverbsphericalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for spherical


1520s, from sphere + -ical.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

spherical in Medicine


(sfîrĭ-kəl, sfĕr-)
  1. Having the shape of or approximating a sphere; globular.
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