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  1. sphere
    IPA[sfir]
  2. noun

    • 1. a round solid figure, or its surface, with every point on its surface equidistant from its center.

    • 2. an object having a round solid shape; a ball or globe:

      the markers on the route included two conspicuous black spheres
    • 3. a globe representing the earth:

      the room was littered with books, maps, and spheres
    • 4. a celestial body:

      he sometimes took out his telescope to make sure the spheres were still revolving in good order
    • 5. the sky perceived as a vault upon or in which celestial bodies are represented as lying.

    • 6. each of a series of revolving concentrically arranged spherical shells in which celestial bodies were formerly thought to be set in a fixed relationship.

    • 7. an area of activity, interest, or expertise; a section of society or an aspect of life distinguished and unified by a particular characteristic:

      political reforms to match those in the economic sphere his new wife's skill in the domestic sphere
      Synonym : domain, realm, province, field, area, region, territory, arena, department, area of interest, area of study, discipline, speciality, specialty

    verb

    • 1. enclose in or as if in a sphere:

      mourners, sphered by their dark garb
    • 2. form into a rounded or perfect whole:

      you, hitherto, have still had goodness sphered within your eyes
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: sphere, plural noun: spheres

    • combining form

      denoting a structure or region of spherical form, especially a region around the earth:

      denoting an area of activity, section of society, etc. distinguished by a particular characteristic:

    • noun

      a round solid figure, or its surface, with every point on its surface equidistant from its centre.

      a spherical object; a ball or globe:

    • verb

      enclose in or as if in a sphere:

      form into a rounded or perfect whole:

    • combining form

      denoting a structure or region of spherical form, especially a region round the earth:

      denoting an area of activity, section of society, etc. distinguished by a particular characteristic:

    • noun

      (in ancient and medieval astronomy) a transparent sphere of the heavens postulated to lie between the fixed stars and the primum mobile and to account for the precession of the equinox and other motions.
    • noun

      an imaginary sphere of which the observer is the center and on which all celestial objects are considered to lie.
    • noun

      a model of the celestial globe constructed from rings and hoops representing the equator, the tropics, and other celestial circles, and able to revolve on its axis.
    • noun

      a model of the celestial globe constructed from rings and hoops representing the equator, the tropics, and other celestial circles, and able to revolve on its axis.
    • noun

      an imaginary sphere of which the observer is the centre and on which all celestial objects are considered to lie.
    • noun

      (in ancient and medieval astronomy) a transparent sphere of the heavens postulated to lie between the fixed stars and the primum mobile and to account for the precession of the equinox and other motions.
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