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Definitions of sphere

  1. 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. the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected
  3. a particular aspect of life or activity; " he was helpless in an important sector of his life"
  4. any spherically shaped artifact
  5. the geographical area in which one nation is very influential
  6. a three- dimensional closed surface such that every point on the surface is equidistant from the center
  7. a solid figure bounded by a spherical surface ( including the space it encloses)
  8. A body or space contained under a single surface, which in every part is equally distant from a point within called its center.
  9. Hence, any globe or globular body, especially a celestial one, as the sun, a planet, or the earth.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. The extension of a general conception, or the totality of the individuals or species to which it may be applied.
  13. Circuit or range of action, knowledge, or influence; compass; province; employment; place of existence.
  14. Rank; order of society; social positions.
  15. An orbit, as of a star; a socket.
  16. To place in a sphere, or among the spheres; to insphere.
  17. To form into roundness; to make spherical, or spheral; to perfect.
  18. A solid body bounded by a single surface, whose every point is equally distant from a point within called its center; a globe or globelike body; the shape or extent of the heavens; extent or range of knowledge, influence, action, etc.; as, to seek a wider sphere for one's abilities; province; place of existence; social position.
  19. Spheral.
  20. A ball or globular body.
  21. A ball or globe: an orb: circuit of motion: province or duty: rank: ( geom.) a surface every point of which is equidistant from one and the same point, called the centre.
  22. A globe; planet; circuit; province; rank.
  23. To place in a sphere; make spherical; encircle.
  24. A solid every part of whose surface is equidistant from a point within called the center; a globe; planet; star.
  25. Field of action, influence, or existence.
  26. A solid body contained under a single surface, each point in which is equidistant from a central point; an orb or globe of the mundane system; an orbicular body representing the earth or the heavens; circuit; orbit; the vast orbicular expanse in which the heavenly orbs appear; circuit of action, knowledge, or influence; compass; province; employment; order of society.
  27. To form into roundness. A right sphere, a sphere whose poles are in the horizon; a parallel sphere, one whose poles are in the zenith and nadir; an oblique sphere, one in any other position. Armillary sphere, see Armillary. Projection of the sphere, see Projection.
  28. The vast concave or expanse of the heavens; a globe; a celestial orb; any round solid body; employment; rank; circuit of action, knowledge, or influence.
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Antonyms for sphere

block, rectangle, square, cube.

Quotes of sphere

  1. You can't always wait for the guys at the top. Every manager at every level in the organization has an opportunity, big or small, to do something. Every manager's got some sphere of autonomy. Don't pass the buck up the line. – Bob Anderson
  2. Teaching man his relatively small sphere in the creation, it also encourages him by its lessons of the unity of Nature and shows him that his power of comprehension allies him with the great intelligence over -reaching all. – Annie Jump Cannon
  3. The power of man has grown in every sphere except over himself. – Winston Churchill
  4. Very quickly, without really looking back or trying, I was just suddenly lifted into another sphere – Diane Cilento
  5. It's a little bit late in the day for men to object that women are getting outside their proper sphere – Marjory Stoneman Douglas
  6. As a politician who cherishes religious conviction in his personal sphere but regards politics as a domain belonging outside religion, I believe that this view is seriously flawed. – Recep Tayyip Erdogan
  7. And this fear that US models are replacing everything else now spills over from the sphere of culture into our two remaining categories: for this process is clearly, at one level, the result of economic domination- of local cultural industries closed down by American rivals. – Fredric Jameson
  8. During half a century of literary work, I have endeavoured to introduce the philosophy of evolution into the sphere of literature, and to inspire my readers to think in evolutionary terms. – Johannes Vilhelm Jensen
  9. I have always regarded global development as a struggle between the forces of good and evil. Not to be simplified as a struggle between Jesus and Satan, since I do not consider that the process is restricted to our own sphere of culture. – Alva Myrdal
  10. A good education is that which prepares us for our future sphere of action and makes us contented with that situation in life in which God, in his infinite mercy, has seen fit to place us, to be perfectly resigned to our lot in life, whatever it may be. – Ann Plato
  11. My own early experiences in war led me to suspect the value of discipline, even in that sphere where it is so often regarded as the first essential for success. – Herbert Read
  12. It is high time to compel man by the might of right to give woman her political, legal and social rights. She will find her own sphere in accordance with her capacities, powers and tastes; and yet she will be woman still. – Ernestine Rose
  13. Thelonious Sphere Monk: there's not a more perfect name to fit his compositions than that name. – Matthew Shipp
  14. But now I've got a young son and his interest is in science and now when I talk to him, I see that in the science sphere of our lives there is new, there is progress. – Janet Suzman
  15. An artist's sphere of influence is the world. – Carl Maria von Weber

Usage examples for sphere

  1. The sphere moved to the left at Arcot's thought. – Invaders from the Infinite by John Wood Campbell
  2. " Well, no, not exactly," answered Eben, " I feel that a country store isn't my sphere – Do and Dare A Brave Boy's Fight for Fortune by Horatio Alger, Jr.
  3. Every word she said lay absolutely within her sphere as a nurse. – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  4. He tried to form some picture of this sphere through whose center, empty but for this gas, he was being swung. – The Finding of Haldgren by Charles Willard Diffin
  5. " I had no business out of my proper sphere he said sadly. – A Singer from the Sea by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  6. " Look carefully, but keep your eyes off the sphere he said, and swung me around toward the room again. – The Gloved Hand by Burton E. Stevenson
  7. When the affairs of the nation are distracted, private people are, by the spirit of that law, justified in stepping a little out of their ordinary sphere – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  8. It would be an exact sphere – Liquid Drops and Globules, their Formation and Movements by Chas. R. Darling
  9. He must sink into a different sphere – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  10. And so on to the inner unmanipulatable sphere which might stand for the always inscrutable soul. – Black Oxen by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  11. Wealth he had not, and yet he did not abandon the sphere – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  12. They're out of my sphere – The Fortunate Youth by William J. Locke
  13. Sometimes I must confess I have wondered whether it would be in this world or the next- and I didn't want it in some other sphere but here in the old world, among the scenes and sights he loved. – East of the Shadows by Mrs. Hubert Barclay
  14. Close as their association was, Bickersteth had felt concerning the other that his real self was in some other sphere or place toward which his mind was always turning, as though to bring it back. – Northern Lights by Gilbert Parker
  15. In short, I found myself in the satisfactory position of one thoroughly useful in his sphere of life, and on the whole, though my first young master returned constantly to my thoughts, I contrived to be very happy in my new capacity. – The Adventures of a Three-Guinea Watch by Talbot Baines Reed
  16. A woman can do good in her own sphere only. – Ideala by Sarah Grand
  17. Sphere of Application of Methods of Pacific Procedure. – The Geneva Protocol by David Hunter Miller
  18. To yon fair land ye come from, to yon sphere Of strength and love where now ye shape your flight, O even wings of music, bear my soul! – New-Poems by Stevenson, Robert Louis
  19. We must keep these matters altogether outside the sphere of party politics. – Wandering Heath by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  20. My sphere in life is not congenial to me. – My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

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