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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.

    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. [1913 Webster] -- Spher"ic*al*ly, adv. -- Spher"ic*al*ness, n.


adv. In the manner of a sphere or globe.


adv. in a spherical manner; "spherically shaped"

Usage examples of "spherically".

Now we need only observe how the blue heavens arch over us spherically, on the one hand, and how the yellow brightness of the sun penetrates the air ray-wise, on the other, in order to realize that this really is so.

Negative space opens up spherically behind the blue-violet colours on one side, while positive space, filled by the radially shining yellow-red colours, arises on the other.

A soccer ball rolled up to the bench, the spherically wondrous geometry of a truncated icosahedron.