# spherical coordinate

### noun Mathematics.

Usually spherical coordinates. any of three coordinates used to locate a point in space by the length of its radius vector and the angles this vector makes with two perpendicular polar planes.

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## Origin of spherical coordinate

First recorded in 1860–65

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## British Dictionary definitions for spherical coordinates

## spherical coordinates

### pl n

three coordinates that define the location of a point in three-dimensional space in terms of the length r of its radius vector, the angle, θ, which this vector makes with one axis, and the angle, φ, made by a second axis, perpendicular to the first, with the plane containing the first axis and the point. Usually written (r, θ, φ)

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## Science definitions for spherical coordinates

## spherical coordinate

Any of a set of coordinates in a three-dimensional system for locating points in space by means of a radius vector and two angles measured from the center of a sphere with respect to two arbitrary, fixed, perpendicular directions.

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