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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 
  predominance.  --Shak. 
 
  Though  the  stars  were  suns,  and  overburned  Their 
  spheric  limitations.  --Mrs. 
  Browning. 
 
  {Spherical  angle},  {Spherical  co["o]rdinate},  {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 
  {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},  adv  --  {Spher"ic*al*ness},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  spherical 
  adj  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}] 




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