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Definitions of sphere

  1. a particular aspect of life or activity; " he was helpless in an important sector of his life"
  2. any spherically shaped artifact
  3. the geographical area in which one nation is very influential
  4. a solid figure bounded by a spherical surface ( including the space it encloses)
  5. A body or space contained under a single surface, which in every part is equally distant from a point within called its center.
  6. Hence, any globe or globular body, especially a celestial one, as the sun, a planet, or the earth.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. The extension of a general conception, or the totality of the individuals or species to which it may be applied.
  10. Circuit or range of action, knowledge, or influence; compass; province; employment; place of existence.
  11. Rank; order of society; social positions.
  12. An orbit, as of a star; a socket.
  13. To place in a sphere, or among the spheres; to insphere.
  14. To form into roundness; to make spherical, or spheral; to perfect.
  15. 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.
  16. Spheral.
  17. 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.
  18. A globe; planet; circuit; province; rank.
  19. To place in a sphere; make spherical; encircle.
  20. A solid every part of whose surface is equidistant from a point within called the center; a globe; planet; star.
  21. Field of action, influence, or existence.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.

Usage examples for sphere

  1. 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
  2. Every word she said lay absolutely within her sphere as a nurse. – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  3. 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
  4. It would be an exact sphere. – Liquid Drops and Globules, their Formation and Movements by Chas. R. Darling
  5. The sphere moved to the left at Arcot's thought. – Invaders from the Infinite by John Wood Campbell
  6. We must keep these matters altogether outside the sphere of party politics. – Wandering Heath by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  7. My sphere in life is not congenial to me. – My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
  8. Sphere of Application of Methods of Pacific Procedure. – The Geneva Protocol by David Hunter Miller
  9. 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
  10. A woman can do good in her own sphere only. – Ideala by Sarah Grand
  11. And so on to the inner unmanipulatable sphere, which might stand for the always inscrutable soul. – Black Oxen by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  12. " I had no business out of my proper sphere," he said sadly. – A Singer from the Sea by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  13. They're out of my sphere. – The Fortunate Youth by William J. Locke
  14. " 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. " 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.
  18. Wealth he had not, and yet he did not abandon the sphere. – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  19. 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
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