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▪ Thus the total number of concentric spheres in the Eudoxian system was twenty-seven.
▪ There has always been the suspicion that values applied in cultural and moral spheres were far from impartial.
▪ In contrast, figures outside the high cultural sphere often consciously try to abandon their sense of self.
▪ They formed their own subcultures within the main cultural sphere.
▪ It has brought economics back to the cultural sphere, to the things that affect people's daily lives and pleasures.
▪ The role of the state was even more pronounced in Berlin in the cultural sphere.
▪ Each research worker took part in a different sphere ... The published records about Banbury were analysed.
▪ In their different spheres, Rice and Albers both performed another important role typical of leaders of Great Groups.
▪ There are cases in quite different spheres which suggest a perceived considerable importance in vertical arrangements.
▪ Other values from different spheres of activity were transposed to the political sphere to justify the move.
▪ Such circular buildings are not confined just to the domestic sphere, as those found in a religious context clearly demonstrate.
▪ Officially, children no longer relegate women to some less valued domestic sphere.
▪ There were still some important differences among the nationalities, but these related primarily to the domestic sphere.
▪ They may bring work such as farming, weaving, or sculpting into their domestic sphere.
▪ Most socialising had been concentrated within the private domestic sphere with their female kin and children.
▪ Labourers were found in the docks, railways, factories and domestic spheres, many of them employed on a casual basis.
▪ In the domestic sphere the policy was equally fundamental, for tariff reform was seen as the antithesis of socialism.
▪ New institutions were created in the constitutional, political and economic spheres, and are still being developed.
▪ In any case, the economic sphere is not the only source of surprising responses to various discontents these days.
▪ Others disagree, and find the determinant factors in the economic sphere.
▪ Self-reliance was also promoted in other economic spheres, albeit modestly.
▪ However, like Rawls, Dworkin's commitment to equality in the economic sphere is somewhat limited.
▪ But how far would the reform programme be extended beyond the economic sphere?
▪ In the economic sphere we know that the free market is the best guarantee of responsiveness to choice and change.
▪ Medieval women were not without authority in the familial and economic spheres even if there was no place for them in public politics.
▪ Justus Lipsius was the classical scholar who introduced him into the military sphere.
▪ These norms are rendered specific to the military sphere.
▪ In other spheres the results of the Poltava survey were closely reminiscent of the Nikol'skaia findings.
▪ Self-reliance was also promoted in other economic spheres, albeit modestly.
▪ He clearly favours a state which involves itself essentially through monetary transaction rather than direct intervention in other more qualitative spheres of life.
▪ In every other sphere of historical enquiry, new material is acknowledged.
▪ Each sphere is thus in contact with eight other spheres.
▪ Trade interested him now, as other intelligence spheres had done in harder days.
▪ In other spheres attempts to increase productivity had been blocked.
▪ For, as in other spheres, the contribution of amateurs is often at least as significant and valuable as that of professionals.
▪ He drew attention to the difference between exchanges in the market and in the political sphere.
▪ This is the only way in which a strategy for the political sphere can be developed.
▪ In so doing I depart somewhat from studies of working-class involvement in the formal political sphere during the twentieth century.
▪ The gains to be made in the political sphere are, as Chapter S will show, more ambiguous and contradictory.
▪ Modern bureaucracies had also developed partly as a result of democratic tendencies in the political sphere.
▪ Nevertheless, control does not entail specific effects in the economic, political and cultural-ideological spheres.
▪ New institutions were created in the constitutional, political and economic spheres, and are still being developed.
▪ This orientation to the political sphere conditions internal management organization and culture.
▪ Without undervaluing the private sphere itself, we can still say that this arrangement works to the advantage of men.
▪ Women and children were relegated to the private, natural sphere where different rules applied.
▪ Women used their supposedly greater spirituality as a further justification for transcending the confines of the private sphere.
▪ They were seen instead as being naturally subject to their husbands and necessarily confined to the private sphere.
▪ Most socialising had been concentrated within the private domestic sphere with their female kin and children.
▪ For most people, identity derives from the private sphere, not from work and public affairs.
▪ The private sphere becomes the natural home of modern man.
▪ In many respects it seemed that feminist aims regarding women's rights in the public sphere had been achieved.
▪ The public sphere can not be left entirely to the private marketplace.
▪ In common with Butler and Florence Nightingale, illness related to the strain experienced by middle-class women who moved into the public sphere.
▪ Men still controlled the public sphere and often the private.
▪ The cultural move from an autonomous and independent sculpture back to the public sphere inevitably raises the spectre of popular culture.
▪ In the public sphere, women must assume sufficient power to change the cultural imagery and the political landscape.
▪ What nuclear families want from the public sphere and what those living outside nuclear families want are difficult to reconcile.
▪ How do artists reconcile the twin comments of what appear to be separate spheres of activity-the aesthetic and the political?
▪ Work and family were seen as separate spheres.
▪ Legislation now produced separate apparatuses and spheres of activity, with distinctive forms of knowledge and expertise.
▪ The argument proceeded from the social sphere to the aesthetic sphere.
▪ In the social sphere the changes are as great.
▪ This is the beginning of an explanatory mechanism which elucidates the relationship between social and aesthetic spheres.
▪ Similar questions were being asked in the social sphere, notably with regard to health and to the role of women in society.
▪ But Eva was making her mark in much wider spheres.
▪ They also want the chance to use their minds and energies in a wider sphere than just the home.
▪ The greater our adaptability the wider our sphere of influence.
▪ At the top of each column is a perfect sphere of white marble.
▪ Mitchell's greatest achievements have been in the diplomatic sphere.
▪ She has a good reputation in scientific spheres.
▪ The volume of a sphere is equal to twice the square of its radius, multiplied by pi.
▪ Cozy is a generous description of the inside of the sphere.
▪ Each sphere is thus in contact with eight other spheres.
▪ Officially, children no longer relegate women to some less valued domestic sphere.
▪ Others disagree, and find the determinant factors in the economic sphere.
▪ The public sphere can not be left entirely to the private marketplace.
▪ Thus the sphere of influence of Tyneside spreads far out into the surrounding countryside and along the coast.
▪ Wars are waged, as ever, over real territory and real spheres of influence.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Sphere \Sphere\, n. [OE. spere, OF. espere, F. sph[`e]re, L. sphaera,. Gr. ??? a sphere, a ball.]

  1. (Geom.) A body or space contained under a single surface, which in every part is equally distant from a point within called its center.

  2. Hence, any globe or globular body, especially a celestial one, as the sun, a planet, or the earth.

    Of celestial bodies, first the sun, A mighty sphere, he framed.

  3. (Astron.)

    1. The apparent surface of the heavens, which is assumed to be spherical and everywhere equally distant, in which the heavenly bodies appear to have their places, and on which the various astronomical circles, as of right ascension and declination, the equator, ecliptic, etc., are conceived to be drawn; an ideal geometrical sphere, with the astronomical and geographical circles in their proper positions on it.

    2. In ancient astronomy, one of the concentric and eccentric revolving spherical transparent shells in which the stars, sun, planets, and moon were supposed to be set, and by which they were carried, in such a manner as to produce their apparent motions.

  4. (Logic) The extension of a general conception, or the totality of the individuals or species to which it may be applied.

  5. Circuit or range of action, knowledge, or influence; compass; province; employment; place of existence.

    To be called into a huge sphere, and not to be seen to move in 't.

    Taking her out of the ordinary relations with humanity, and inclosing her in a sphere by herself.

    Each in his hidden sphere of joy or woe Our hermit spirits dwell.

  6. Rank; order of society; social positions.

  7. An orbit, as of a star; a socket. [R.]

    Armillary sphere, Crystalline sphere, Oblique sphere,. See under Armillary, Crystalline,.

    Doctrine of the sphere, applications of the principles of spherical trigonometry to the properties and relations of the circles of the sphere, and the problems connected with them, in astronomy and geography, as to the latitudes and longitudes, distance and bearing, of places on the earth, and the right ascension and declination, altitude and azimuth, rising and setting, etc., of the heavenly bodies; spherical geometry.

    Music of the spheres. See under Music.

    Syn: Globe; orb; circle. See Globe.


Sphere \Sphere\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sphered; p. pr. & vb. n. Sphering.]

  1. To place in a sphere, or among the spheres; to insphere.

    The glorious planet Sol In noble eminence enthroned and sphered Amidst the other.

  2. To form into roundness; to make spherical, or spheral; to perfect.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., Latinized spelling of Middle English spere (c.1300) "cosmos; space, conceived as a hollow globe about the world," from Anglo-French espiere, Old French espere (13c., Modern French sphère), from Latin sphaera "globe, ball, celestial sphere" (Medieval Latin spera), from Greek sphaira "globe, ball, playing ball, terrestrial globe," of unknown origin.\n

\nFrom late 14c. in reference to any of the supposed concentric, transparent, hollow, crystalline globes of the cosmos believed to revolve around the earth and contain the planets and the fixed stars; the supposed harmonious sound they made rubbing against one another was the music of the spheres (late 14c.). Also from late 14c. as "a globe; object of spherical form, a ball," and the geometric sense "solid figure with all points equidistant from the center." Meaning "range of something, place or scene of activity" is first recorded c.1600 (as in sphere of influence, 1885, originally in reference to Anglo-German colonial rivalry in Africa).


n. 1 (context mathematics English) A regular three-dimensional object in which every cross-section is a circle; the figure described by the revolution of a circle about its diameter (from 14th c.). 2 A spherical physical object; a globe or ball. (from 14th c.) 3 (context astronomy now rare English) The apparent outer limit of space; the edge of the heavens, imagined as a hollow globe within which celestial bodies appear to be embedded. (from 14th c.) 4 (context historical astronomy mythology English) Any of the concentric hollow transparent globes formerly believed to rotate around the Earth, and which carried the heavenly body; there were originally believed to be eight, and later nine and ten; friction between them was thought to cause a harmonious sound (the ''music of the spheres''). (from 14th c.) 5 (context mythology English) An area of activity for a planet; or by extension, an area of influence for a god, hero etc. (from 14th c.) 6 (context figuratively English) The region in which something or someone is active; one's province, domain. (from 17th c.) 7 (context geometry English) The set of all points in three-dimensional Euclidean space (or ''n''-dimensional space, in topology) that are a fixed distance from a fixed point (from 20th c.). 8 (context logic English) The extension of a general conception, or the totality of the individuals or species to which it may be applied. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To place in a sphere, or among the spheres; to ensphere. 2 (context transitive English) To make round or spherical; to perfect.

  1. n. a particular environment or walk of life; "his social sphere is limited"; "it was a closed area of employment"; "he's out of my orbit" [syn: domain, area, orbit, field, arena]

  2. any spherically shaped artifact

  3. the geographical area in which one nation is very influential [syn: sphere of influence]

  4. a particular aspect of life or activity; "he was helpless in an important sector of his life" [syn: sector]

  5. a solid figure bounded by a spherical surface (including the space it encloses)

  6. a three-dimensional closed surface such that every point on the surface is equidistant from the center

  7. the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected [syn: celestial sphere, empyrean, firmament, heavens, vault of heaven, welkin]

Sphere (novel)

Sphere is a novel written by author Michael Crichton that was published in 1987. The novel was adapted into the film Sphere in 1998.

The story follows Norman Johnson, a psychologist engaged by the United States Navy, who joins a team of scientists assembled to examine a spacecraft of unknown origin discovered on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. The novel begins as a science fiction story but quickly transforms into a psychological thriller, developing into an exploration of the nature of the human imagination.

Sphere (disambiguation)

A sphere is an object shaped like a ball and can also be used to refer to a sphere-like region or shell.

Sphere may also refer to:

Sphere (1998 film)

Sphere is a 1998 science fiction psychological thriller film directed and produced by Barry Levinson. It stars Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, and Samuel L. Jackson. Sphere was based on the 1987 novel of the same name by Michael Crichton. The film was released in the United States on February 13, 1998.

Sphere (album)

Sphere is an album by the Japanese noise musician Merzbow.

"Untitled for Vasteras" is a recreation of a live set performed at the Perspectives jazz festival in Västerås, Sweden in October 2004. The original live recording appears on Houjoue as "Rising Sun".

The cover photo was taken in the lobby of the Daily News Building in New York City.

Sphere (American band)

Sphere were an American jazz ensemble which began as a tribute to pianist/composer Thelonious Monk, whose middle name was "Sphere".

The band initially consisting of Monk's longtime tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse, pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Buster Williams, and Monk's former drummer Ben Riley. Saxophonist Gary Bartz assumed Rouse's place after his death in 1988.


A sphere (from Greek σφαῖρα — sphaira, "globe, ball") is a perfectly round geometrical object in three-dimensional space that is the surface of a completely round ball, (viz., analogous to a circular object in two dimensions). Like a circle, which geometrically is a two-dimensional object, a sphere is defined mathematically as the set of points that are all at the same distance from a given point, but in three-dimensional space. This distance is the radius of the ball, and the given point is the center of the mathematical ball. The longest straight line through the ball, connecting two points of the sphere, passes through the center and its length is thus twice the radius; it is a diameter of the ball.

While outside mathematics the terms "sphere" and "ball" are sometimes used interchangeably, in mathematics a distinction is made between the sphere (a two-dimensional closed surface embedded in three-dimensional Euclidean space) and the ball (a three-dimensional shape that includes the sphere as well as everything inside the sphere). The ball and the sphere share the same radius, diameter, and center.

Sphere (website)

Sphere was a blog search engine. The Sphere search engine delivered blog posts based on algorithms that combine semantic matching with authority factors to deliver results relevant to the search query.

Sphere also organized bloggers by topic.

The company produced an application called Sphere It! allowing users to seek blog posts related to news articles based on the contents of a particular web page they're viewing. The function was accessed from a browser navigation bar plug-in. Upon clicking the plug-in button, a semantic analysis was performed on the text within the page and blog posts related to the text of the article were returned. The search engine required that Javascript is turned on in the visitor's browser.

Sphere had a variety of content distribution venues among major publishers where blog results from Sphere were presented, contextually, within news stories or other content.

Sphere was founded by Tony Conrad, CEO, Martin Remy, CTO, Steve Nieker, CIO and Toni Schneider, Advisor. The company was based in San Francisco, CA.

In April, 2008, Sphere was acquired by AOL to be operated as a wholly owned subsidiary.

In 2010, Sphere was merged into AOL News.

Sphere (2013 film)

'Sphere ' is a British animated short film created in 2013 by Aardman Animations for the University of Bristol and the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute. It was directed by Richard Webber.

Sphere (band)

Sphere is the name of the following musical groups:

  • Sphere (American band)
  • Sphere (Japanese band)
  • Sphere (Polish band)
Sphere (Japanese band)

Sphere is a J-pop idol unit made up of voice actresses who are all managed by Sony Music Entertainment's Music Ray'n subdivision, under the Lantis music label GloryHeaven. The group debuted in April 2009 releasing their first single "Future Stream", which was followed up with the June 2009 release of "Dangerous Girls" theme used in the opening animation of the PlayStation Portable game "Ken to Mahou Gakuen Mono 2" (known in the US as "Class of Heroes 2"). As all four are voice actresses, their music is frequently featured as theme songs to a variety of anime series, including First Love Limited, Sora no Manimani, Demon King Daimao, Asobi ni iku yo! and Ryūgajō Nanana no Maizōkin. The group features in the anime Natsuiro Kiseki, in which every member has a role as the four main characters.

Sphere (Polish band)

Sphere is a Polish brutal death metal act, rooted in an old school death metal. Established in Warsaw, Poland in 2002, with Bolek (guit), Val (guit), Th0rn (dr) and Jasiek (voc) as the original members. In 2004, after several line-up changes, the band released a '' Spiritual Dope '' demo.

In 2005, Analripper, known also from death/grind Pyorrhoea, joined the band as the vocalist.

On 20 January 2007, the band debuted with the Damned Souls Rituals LP, released through Empire Records. The album was recorded in Zed Studio, Olkusz, Poland and was spread out in 5000 copies.

Three years later, in 2010 Sphere entered '' Zed Studio '' again to record their second album. The Homo Hereticus was released by Masterful Records on 10 February 2012. The music stemmed from death metal origin yet was enriched with fresh groovy ideas. For the next two years the band played a number of concerts including the ones with bands such as Cannibal Corpse, Cryptopsy, Vital Remains, Obituary, and Disgorge. In the meantime other personnel changes took place and in July 2014, including: Th0rn – drums, Diego – guitars, Beton – bass, Iron – guitars, Dawidek – vocals, Sphere recorded the material for their third Mindless Mass LP. The whole recording process was supervised by Filip 'Heinrich' Hałucha and done in Sound Division Studio, Warsaw, Poland. Guest solo part to the Leash track was recorded by Jacek Hiro. Shortly afterwards Iron decided to leave the band, replaced by an Artur 'Xan' Grabarczyk.

Mindless Mass has been released as the CD under the wings of Deformeathig Production on 19th of June 2015 roku. It is being promoted by a Society Foetus videoclip.

Usage examples of "sphere".

Of the dark world, ten thousand spheres diffuse Their lustre through its adamantine gates.

Pax or Ouster or Aenean elements without considering that we would meet up with humansor former humanssome eight thousand light-years outside the known sphere of human space.

The explosive burst into a sphere of energy, blowing the aft superstructure of the destroyer into the sky, vaporizing much of the aluminum framing and bulkheads above.

LL LLJ Alec and Micum were halfway to the Oreska House when a tiny message sphere winked into being in front of them.

This is no common case--it is a madness out of time and a horror from beyond the spheres which no police or lawyers or courts or alienists could ever fathom or grapple with.

This is no common case - it is a madness out of time and a horror from beyond the spheres which no police or lawyers or courts or alienists could ever fathom or grapple with.

Whereas Ruskin throws out a multitude of aphoristic utterances about many different aspects of nature, which will provide us with further starting-points for our own observation and thought, Howard is concerned with a single sphere of phenomena, that of cloud formation.

This development was secret however, and the wealth of its power was given over solely to TwoPi, the most numerous and advanced of the Hives, and to Arachno Buckminster Mouze, a physicist - if such a term could encompass as many spheres of hard science as could be imagined.

The beans, massive, mottled spheres a little larger than his fist, were stored in open boxes, protected by their hard rinds, but they, too, showed both an abundance of ascorbic acid and a complete absence of anything that might block its uptake.

I feel, however, that in view of the expansion and the growing importance of the administrative sphere of the Cause, the general sentiments and tendencies prevailing among the friends, and the signs of increasing interdependence among the National Spiritual Assemblies throughout the world, the assembled accredited representatives of the American believers should exercise not only the vital and responsible right of electing the National Assembly, but should also fulfill the functions of an enlightened, consultative and cooperative body that will enrich the experience, enhance the prestige, support the authority, and assist the deliberations of the National Spiritual Assembly.

In the sphere of Society, opposing the chaos of atomism, feminism, disintegration of home and family, race-suicide, and universal decadence, arose the idea of race-ascendancy, fertility, the preservation and integration of society, the return to social health.

Soul is moved by the higher which, besides encircling and supporting it, actually resides in whatsoever part of it has thrust upwards and attained the spheres.

The lower Soul is moved by the higher which, besides encircling and supporting it, actually resides in whatsoever part of it has thrust upwards and attained the spheres.

Despite the heat of the coals held in the hollow metal sphere, and being squeezed between the tall, comfortingly solid forms of Uncle Michel and Brother Aumery, she was still cold.

The Indeterminate in the Intellectual Realm, where there is truer being, might almost be called merely an Image of Indefiniteness: in this lower Sphere where there is less Being, where there is a refusal of the Authentic, and an adoption of the Image-Kind, Indefiniteness is more authentically indefinite.