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## spherical |

2 definitions found 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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