spherical

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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