1. [syn: ball-shaped, global, globose, globular, orbicular, spheric, spherical]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Spherical \Spher"ic*al\, Spheric \Spher"ic\, a. [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
Though the stars were suns, and overburned
Their spheric limitations. --Mrs.
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, a.
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
Spherical triangle,re on the surface of a sphere, bounded
by the arcs of three great circles which intersect each
Spherical trigonometry. See Trigonometry.
[1913 Webster] -- Spher"ic*al*ly, adv. --
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: 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,