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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Spherical \Spher"ic*al\, Spheric \Spher"ic\, adjective [L. sphaericus, Gr. ???: cf. F. sph['e]rique.]
1. Having the form of a sphere; like a sphere; globular; orbicular; as, a spherical body.
2. Of or pertaining to a sphere.
3. Of or pertaining to the heavenly orbs, or to the sphere or spheres in which, according to ancient astronomy and astrology, they were set.
Knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical predominance. --Shak.
Though the stars were suns, and overburned Their spheric limitations. --Mrs. Browning.
{Spherical angle}, {Spherical coordinate}, {Spherical excess}, etc. See under {Angle}, {Coordinate}, etc.
{Spherical geometry}, that branch of geometry which treats of spherical magnitudes; the doctrine of the sphere, especially of the circles described on its surface.
{Spherical harmonic analysis}. See under {Harmonic}, adjective
{Spherical lune},portion of the surface of a sphere included between two great semicircles having a common diameter.
{Spherical opening}, the magnitude of a solid angle. It is measured by the portion within the solid angle of the surface of any sphere whose center is the angular point.
{Spherical polygon},portion of the surface of a sphere bounded by the arcs of three or more great circles.
{Spherical projection}, the projection of the circles of the sphere upon a plane. See {Projection}.
{Spherical sector}. See under {Sector}.
{Spherical segment}, the segment of a sphere. See under {Segment}.
{Spherical triangle},re on the surface of a sphere, bounded by the arcs of three great circles which intersect each other.
{Spherical trigonometry}. See {Trigonometry}. -- {Spher"ic*al*ly}, adverb -- {Spher"ic*al*ness}, noun
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
adjective
1: of or relating to spheres or resembling a sphere; "spherical geometry" [ant: {nonspherical}]
2: having the shape of a sphere or ball; "a spherical object"; "nearly orbicular in shape"; "little globular houses like mud-wasp nests"- Zane Grey [syn: {ball-shaped}, {global}, {globose}, {globular}, {orbicular}, {spheric}, {spherical}]
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