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 .

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

  2. spherenoun

    A spherical physical object; a globe or ball.

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

  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.

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

  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).

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

  5. spherenoun

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

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

  6. spherenoun

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

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

  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 .

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

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

Freebase

  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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  1. Hesper

  2. herpes

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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. Marcus Noland:

    In the economics sphere, the regime seems to lack any real strategic vision.

  2. Charlie Craig:

    In 2012, fiancs Charlie Craig and David Mullins attempted to order a cake to celebrate Charlie Craig and David Mullins upcoming wedding, from the Masterpiece Cakeshop, in Lakewood, Colo. Jack Phillips, Jack Phillips, told Charlie Craig and David Mullins Jack Phillips would sell Charlie Craig and David Mullins any other baked goods in Jack Phillips store, but would not design a wedding cake because it was in conflict with Jack Phillips Christian beliefs. Charlie Craig and Charlie Craig and David Mullins filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which ruled in Charlie Craig and David Mullins favor, as did the Colorado Court of Appeals. In its determination in favor of Jack Phillips, the high court did not alter Colorado's anti-discrimination law, instead the case turned on the way in which the baker was treated by Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote,... some of the commissioners at the commission's formal, public hearings endorsed the view that religious beliefs can not legitimately be carried into the public sphere or commercial domain, disparaged Philips' faith as despicable and characterized it as merely rhetorical, and compared Justice Anthony Kennedy invocation of Justice Anthony Kennedy sincerely held religious beliefs to defenses of slavery and the holocaust. Charlie Craig, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, and the ACLU, which assisted in the case, agreed, on that part of the decision. We never disagreed about Charlie Craig religious convictions, we just think when you open the doors to the public, you have to serve everyone equally. Kristen Waggoner, Jack Phillips attorney, insists this isn't about discrimination, but religious freedom, which Kristen Waggoner said the high court affirmed. Jack Phillips said Jack Phillips lost 40 percent of Jack Phillips business after the initial lawsuit was filed six years ago. Jack Phillips has since been forced to lay off workers. Jack Phillips said Jack Phillips hopes the ruling will boost business.

  3. Jonathan Hedden:

    There are tools that don't work properly, i don't feel that they completely understand the e-commerce sphere.

  4. Marcus Tullius Cicero:

    . . . for until that God who rules all the region of the sky. . . has freed you from the fetters of your body, you cannot gain admission here. Men were created with the understanding that they were to look after that sphere called Earth, which you see in the middle of the temple. Minds have been given to them out of the eternal fires you call fixed stars and planets, those spherical solids which, quickened with divine minds, journey through their circuits and orbits with amazing speed....

  5. Pope Francis:

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

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    the verbal act of urging on
    • A. sapling
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