• WordNet 3.6
    • n sphericalness the roundness of a 3-dimensional object
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The earth is not perfectly round. Technically, it's a triaxial ellipsoid, which is to say that it's nearly spherical, but flattened at the top and bottom.
    • n sphericalness The state or property of being spherical; sphericity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Sphericalness state or quality of being spherical: roundness
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. sphæra—Gr. sphaira.


In literature:

Under a lofty tree at Simba's, a kite, the common brown one, had two pure white eggs in its nest, larger than a fowl's, and very spherical.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume II (of 2), 1869-1873" by David Livingstone
This defect, due to unevenness of the spherical surface of the eyeball, is easily corrected with properly ground glasses.
"Initiative Psychic Energy" by Warren Hilton
The nest cavity is a chamber of approximately spherical shape and from 17 to 23 centimeters in diameter.
"Life History of the Kangaroo Rat" by Charles T. Vorhies and Walter P. Taylor
Spherical in form, decorated with figures of the grotesque bird heretofore mentioned.
"Illustrated Catalogue Of The Collections Obtained From The Indians Of New Mexico And Arizona In 1879" by James Stevenson
All spherical shells, except those for the 24 and 12 pdr.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
The water tower was finished, and the big spherical tank hoisted on top of it and made fast.
"Naudsonce" by H. Beam Piper
Mrs. Uncle Life, aged seventy and small and spherical, solved the problem of the hills by sitting down and sliding.
"Le Petit Nord" by Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding
I found him standing with the ship's captain, inside the airlock, when I boarded the big, spherical space-liner.
"Lone Star Planet" by Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
A finite indeterminate thing, that is, a liquid, must take a spherical form if it is to exist as an individual.
"Form and Function" by E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
The Edam is spherical in shape, weighs from 3 to 4 lb., and is usually dyed crimson on the outside.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 9" by Various

In poetry:

a spherical dew-drop of life. Unlovely
monsters, our tales believe, can be translated
too, even as water, the selfless mother
of all especials.
"River Profile" by W H Auden
Except for the leaves: those lashes of our
thinking and dreaming and drinking sight.
The spherical radiance, the Old English
look, the sum of our being, "hath perced
"Ann Arbor Variations" by Frank O Hara

In news:

Oj The Ultimate Adventure Orange Jeep Part 4 Spherical Bearing Installed.
First the spherical bearings are pressed in and held in place with snap rings.
Electron is Stunningly Spherical , Scientists Discover.
Baldor produces the Dodge Steel-Housed S-2000 HD spherical roller bearing, available in multiple configurations.
Steel-housed Dodge HD spherical roller bearing.
Time is Spherical , not Linear.
Choosing a Solids Processing Spherical Disk Valve.
The software converts the brainwave data to flight commands, which control the flight of the spherical helicopter, Orbit.
Orb Audio's People's Choice system takes a spherical approach to home theater .
The Infinity Knuckle mounting uses a fully sealed spherical grommet to prevent moisture penetration.
This drops into the knuckle , through the shim washer, through the spherical bearing, and though another shoulder washer before the nut is installed.
The Centre of Microsystems Technology (CMST), imec's associated laboratory at Ghent University (Belgium), announced today it has developed an innovative spherical curved LCD display, which can be embedded in contact lenses .
The egg's perfect, spherical warmth, its bone-smooth promise.
Unfortunately, particles in a powder are almost never a single size , nor are they ideally spherical.
Throughout the ages, mankind has been infatuated with spherical objects.

In science:

While the envelope density profiles used here are the TSC84 profiles and are thus not spherically symmetric (see §4.3), spherical symmetry is still a good approximation at large radii where most of the mass is located.
Evolutionary Signatures in the Formation of Low-Mass Protostars. II. Towards Reconciling Models and Observations
We describe the system – in the first approximation – in a framework of a spherical model (Silk 1974, 1977; Peebles 1976) where the cluster is considered as a spherical gravitationally bound quasi-stationary system.
Dark energy domination in the Virgocentric flow
It is found that pro jecting this unified first law along tangent to the spherical surface of symmetry gives the equivalence of 1st law of BH thermodynamics and Clausius relation but it holds only for a specific choice of the tangent vector which may be different for different spherical surfaces.
Unified First Law and Some Comments
For every polar angle value, a spherical model was calculated. A set of 50 spherical models for polar angles between 0 and π/2 was calculated.
Understanding ULX Nebulae in the Framework of Supercritical Accretion
We start by an overview over spherical representations, spherical functions and the spherical Fourier transform.
The Paley-Wiener Theorem and Limits of Symmetric Spaces