spherical


spherical
/ˈsfɛrɪkəl/ (say 'sferikuhl)

adjective
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: spherical trigonometry.
4. Obsolete relating to the heavenly bodies, or to their supposed revolving spheres or shells.
5. relating to the heavenly bodies regarded astrologically as exerting influence on humankind and events.
Also, spheric. {Late Latin sphēricus round + -al1}
sphericality /sfɛrəˈkæləti/ (say sferuh'kaluhtee), noun
spherically, adverb

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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