What does sphere mean?

Definitions for sphere
sfɪərspher·e

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sphere, domain, area, orbit, field, arenanoun

    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"

  2. spherenoun

    any spherically shaped artifact

  3. sphere, sphere of influencenoun

    the geographical area in which one nation is very influential

  4. sector, spherenoun

    a particular aspect of life or activity

    "he was helpless in an important sector of his life"

  5. spherenoun

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

  6. spherenoun

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

  7. celestial sphere, sphere, empyrean, firmament, heavens, vault of heaven, welkinnoun

    the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected

Wiktionary

  1. spherenoun

    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 .

  2. spherenoun

    A spherical physical object; a globe or ball.

  3. spherenoun

    The apparent outer limit of space; the edge of the heavens, imagined as a hollow globe within which celestial bodies appear to be embedded.

  4. spherenoun

    Any of the concentric hollow transparent globes formerly believed to rotate around the Earth, and which carried the heavenly bodies; 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).

  5. spherenoun

    An area of activity for a planet; or by extension, an area of influence for a god, hero etc.

  6. spherenoun

    The region in which something or someone is active; one's province, domain.

  7. spherenoun

    The set of all points in three-dimensional Euclidean space (or -dimensional space, in topology) that are a fixed distance from a fixed point .

  8. Etymology: From sphere, from sphera, earlier sphaera, from σφαῖρα, of unknown origin.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SPHEREnoun

    Etymology: sphere, French; sphæra, Latin.

    First the sun, a mighty sphere, he fram’d. John Milton.

    What if within the moon’s fair shining sphere,
    What if in every other star unseen,
    Of other worlds he happily should hear? Fairy Queen.

    And then mortal ears
    Had heard the musick of the spheres. Dryden.

    Two figures on the sides emboss’d appear;
    Conon, and what’s his name who made the sphere,
    And shew’d the seasons of the sliding year. Dryden.

    Half unsung, but narrower bound
    Within the visible diurnal sphere. John Milton.

    To be call’d into a huge sphere, and not to be seen to move in’t. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    Of enemies he could not but contract good store, while moving in so high a sphere, and with so vigorous a lustre. Charles I .

    Every man, versed in any particular business, finds fault with these authors, so far as they treat of matters within his sphere. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    Ye know the spheres and various tasks assign’d
    By laws eternal to the æthereal kind. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Sphereverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The glorious planet Sol,
    In noble eminence enthron’d and spher’d
    Amidst the rest, whose med’cinable eye
    Corrects the ill aspects of planets evil. William Shakespeare.

    Light from her native East
    To journey through the airy gloom began,
    Spher’d in a radiant cloud; for yet the sun
    Was not. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

Wikipedia

  1. Sphere

    A sphere (from Ancient Greek σφαῖρα (sphaîra) 'globe, ball') is a geometrical object that is a three-dimensional analogue to a two-dimensional circle. A sphere is the set of points that are all at the same distance r from a given point in three-dimensional space. That given point is the centre of the sphere, and r is the sphere's radius. The earliest known mentions of spheres appear in the work of the ancient Greek mathematicians. The sphere is a fundamental object in many fields of mathematics. Spheres and nearly-spherical shapes also appear in nature and industry. Bubbles such as soap bubbles take a spherical shape in equilibrium. The Earth is often approximated as a sphere in geography, and the celestial sphere is an important concept in astronomy. Manufactured items including pressure vessels and most curved mirrors and lenses are based on spheres. Spheres roll smoothly in any direction, so most balls used in sports and toys are spherical, as are ball bearings.

ChatGPT

  1. sphere

    A sphere is a perfectly round three-dimensional geometric object in space, similar to a ball, that is defined as the set of all points equidistant from a fixed single point called the center. The distance from the center to any point on the surface of the sphere is called the radius.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spherenoun

    a body or space contained under a single surface, which in every part is equally distant from a point within called its center

  2. Spherenoun

    hence, any globe or globular body, especially a celestial one, as the sun, a planet, or the earth

  3. Spherenoun

    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

  4. Spherenoun

    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

  5. Spherenoun

    the extension of a general conception, or the totality of the individuals or species to which it may be applied

  6. Spherenoun

    circuit or range of action, knowledge, or influence; compass; province; employment; place of existence

  7. Spherenoun

    rank; order of society; social positions

  8. Spherenoun

    an orbit, as of a star; a socket

  9. Sphereverb

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

  10. Sphereverb

    to form into roundness; to make spherical, or spheral; to perfect

Wikidata

  1. Sphere

    A sphere is a perfectly round geometrical and circular object in three-dimensional space, such as the shape of a round ball. Like a circle, which, in geometrical contexts, is in two dimensions, a sphere is the set of points which are all the same distance r from a given point in space. This distance r is known as the radius of the sphere, and the given point is known as the center of the sphere. The maximum straight distance through the sphere is known as the diameter. It passes through the center and is thus twice the radius. In mathematics, a distinction is made between the sphere and the ball, a three-dimensional shape which includes the interior of a sphere.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sphere

    sfēr, n. a ball or globe: an orb or circle: circuit of motion: province or duty: definite range: rank, position in society: (geom.) a surface every point of which is equidistant from one and the same point, called the centre.—adjs. Sphēr′al; Sphere′less.—ns. Sphere′-met′al (Milt.), metal like that of which the celestial spheres were anciently supposed to be made; Sphere′-mū′sic, the music of the spheres.—adjs. Spher′ic, -al, pertaining to, or like, a sphere.—n. Spherical′ity.—adv. Spher′ically.—ns. Spher′icalness, Spheric′ity, state or quality of being spherical: roundness; Spher′icle, a little sphere; Spher′ics, the geometry and trigonometry of the sphere; Sphē′roid, a body or figure nearly spherical, but not quite so—a species of ellipsoid (prolate spheroid, a slightly lengthened sphere; oblate spheroid, a slightly flattened sphere).—adj. Sphēroi′dal, having the form of a spheroid.—ns. Sphēroidi′city, Sphēroid′ity, the state of being spheroidal; Sphē′romēre, one of the symmetrical segments of a radiate; Sphērom′eter, an instrument for measuring the sphericity of portions of spherical surfaces—for example, lenses; Sphē′rosid′erite, the name given to impure or earthy and frequently concretionary varieties of carbonate of iron.—adj. Spher′ūlar.—ns. Spher′ūle, a little sphere; Spher′ūlite, a radiating spherical group of minute acicular crystals common in silicious volcanic rocks.—adjs. Spherūlit′ic; Sphē′ry, spherical, round: belonging to the celestial spheres. [Fr.,—L. sphæra—Gr. sphaira.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. sphere

    The figure formed by the rotation of a circle. A term singularly, but very often, misapplied in parlance for orbit.

Editors Contribution

  1. sphere

    A specific and known shape.

    A sphere can be a perfect round shape.


    Submitted by MaryC on April 19, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sphere' in Nouns Frequency: #2020

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  2. Hesper

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sphere in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sphere in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of sphere in a Sentence

  1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

    We ask you, citizens of Israel, all of you, to wear masks in the public sphere.

  2. Alexis de Tocqueville:

    Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.

  3. Antony Blinken:

    Even as the Administration continues to oppose the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, including via our sanctions, we continue to work with Germany and other allies and partners to reduce the risks posed by the pipeline to Ukraine and frontline NATO and EU countries and to push back against harmful Russian activities, including in the energy sphere.

  4. Vladimir Putin:

    Artificial intelligence is the future, not only of Russia, but of all of mankind, whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.

  5. Pope Francis:

    Religious freedom certainly means the right to worship God, individually and in community, as our conscience dictates, but religious liberty, by its nature, transcends places of worship and the private sphere of individuals and families.

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