Spheral to Spicose
1. Of or pertaining to a sphere or the spheres.
2. Rounded like a sphere; sphere-shaped; hence, symmetrical; complete; perfect.
(Sphere) n. [OE. spere, OF. espere, F. sphère, 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,Milton.
A mighty sphere, he framed.
3. (Astron.) (a) 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. (b) 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.Shak.
Taking her out of the ordinary relations with humanity, and inclosing her in a sphere by herself.Hawthorne.
Each in his hidden sphere of joy or woeKeble.
Our hermit spirits dwell.
6. Rank; order of society; social positions.
7. An orbit, as of a star; a socket. [R.] Shak.
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) 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 SolShak.
In noble eminence enthroned and sphered
Amidst the other.
2. To form into roundness; to make spherical, or spheral; to perfect. Tennyson.
(Spher"ic*al Spher"ic) a. [L. sphaericus, Gr. : cf. F. sphérique.]