Sphere vs Spherelike - What's the difference?

sphere | spherelike |


As a noun sphere

is sphere.

As an adjective spherelike is

resembling a sphere.

sphere

English

(wikipedia sphere)

Alternative forms

* (archaic) * sphear (archaic)

Noun

(en noun)
  • (mathematics) 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 .
  • A spherical physical object; a globe or ball.
  • * Milton
  • Of celestial bodies, first the sun, / A mighty sphere , he framed.
  • * 2011 , Piers Sellers, The Guardian , 6 July:
  • So your orientation changes a little bit but it sinks in that the world is a sphere , and you're going around it, sometimes under it, sideways, or over it.
  • * 1635 , John Donne, "His parting form her":
  • Though cold and darkness longer hang somewhere, / Yet Phoebus equally lights all the Sphere .
  • (historical, astronomy, mythology) 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 ).
  • *, vol.1, p.153:
  • It is more simplicitie to teach our children[t]he knowledge of the starres, and the motion of the eighth spheare , before their owne.
  • * 1646 , (Thomas Browne), Pseudodoxia Epidemica , I.6:
  • They understood not the motion of the eighth sphear from West to East, and so conceived the longitude of the Stars invariable.
  • (mythology) An area of activity for a planet; or by extension, an area of influence for a god, hero etc.
  • (figuratively) The region in which something or someone is active; one's province, domain.
  • * 1946 , (Bertrand Russell), History of Western Philosophy , I.20:
  • They thought – originally on grounds derived from religion – that each thing or person had its or his proper sphere , to overstep which is ‘unjust’.
  • (geometry) The set of all points in three-dimensional Euclidean space (or n -dimensional space, in topology) that are a fixed distance from a fixed point .
  • (logic) The extension of a general conception, or the totality of the individuals or species to which it may be applied.
  • Synonyms

    * (object) ball, globe, orb * (region of activity) area, domain, field, orbit, sector * (in geometry) (''topology ) * See celestial sphere * See celestial body

    Derived terms

    * blogosphere * sphere of influence * sphere of interest

    See also

    * ball (in topology ) * Mathworld article on the sphere *

    Verb

    (spher)
  • To place in a sphere, or among the spheres; to ensphere.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The glorious planet Sol / In noble eminence enthroned and sphered / Amidst the other.
  • To make round or spherical; to perfect.
  • (Tennyson)
    (Webster 1913)

    Anagrams

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    spherelike

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Resembling a sphere.
  • Synonyms

    * spherical * spheroidal