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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun sphere:


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Definition of the noun sphere

What does sphere mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: spheres

  1. a particular environment or walk of life
  2. any spherically shaped artifact
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: artefact / artifact = a man-made object taken as a whole
    • more specific word: globe = a sphere on which a map (especially of the earth) is represented
  3. the geographical area in which one nation is very influential
  4. a particular aspect of life or activity
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of sphere: sector
    • more generic words: aspect / facet = a distinct feature or element in a problem
    • more specific word: department = a specialized sphere of knowledge
  5. a solid figure bounded by a spherical surface (including the space it encloses)
  6. a three-dimensional closed surface such that every point on the surface is equidistant from the center
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • more generic term: round shape = a shape that is curved and without sharp angles
    • part: steradian / sr = the unit of solid angle adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites
  7. the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonyms of sphere: celestial sphere / empyrean / firmament / heavens / vault of heaven / welkin
    • more generic word: surface = the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object
    • parts:
      • apex of the sun's way / solar apex / apex = the point on the celestial sphere toward which the sun and solar system appear to be moving relative to the fixed stars
      • celestial point = a point in the heavens
      • nadir = the point below the observer that is directly opposite the zenith on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected
      • zenith = the point above the observer that is directly opposite the nadir on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected
      • zodiac = a belt-shaped region in the heavens on either side to the ecliptic

Alternative definition of the noun sphere


  1. [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 [definition from 14th c.].
  2. A spherical physical object; a globe or ball. [definition from 14th c.]
  3. [context: astronomy, now rare] The apparent outer limit of space; the edge of the heavens, imagined as a hollow globe within which celestial bodies appear to be embedded. [definition from 14th c.]
  4. [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). [definition from 14th c.]
  5. [mythology] An area of activity for a planet; or by extension, an area of influence for a god, hero etc. [definition from 14th c.]
  6. [figuratively] The region in which something or someone is active; one's province, domain. [definition from 17th c.]
  7. [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 [definition from 20th c.].


  1. "Sphere" is a 1998 science fiction psychological thriller film, directed and produced by Barry Levinson and starring Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, and Samuel L. Jackson. Sphere was based on the 1987 novel of the same name by Michael Crichton, author of Jurassic Park and The Lost World. The film was released in the United States on February 13, 1998.
  2. "Sphere" is a short film advertisement created in 2013 by Aardman Animations for the University of Bristol and the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute. It was directed by Richard Webber.


  1. "Sphere" is a science fiction novel written by Michael Crichton and published in 1987. It was made into the film Sphere in 1998.
    • also known as "The Sphere", "Sphere (Ulverscroft Large Print)"
    • language: English Language
    • genres: Science Fiction, Techno-thriller, Fiction, Children's literature, Speculative fiction, Mystery
    • copyright: 1987-06
    • released on (28 years ago)
  2. "Sphere" is poetry book written by A. R. Ammons.
    • also known as "Sphere the Form of a Motion", Sphere the Form of a Motion, Sphere: The Form of a Motion.
    • language: English Language
    • released in (41 years ago)
    • award: - National Book Award for Poetry nomination for A. R. Ammons


  1. "Sphere" a.k.a. "Sphere (Seba remix)" is a composition.
  2. "Sphere" is an album by the Japanese noise musician Merzbow.
    • genre: Noise music
    • released on (9 years ago)
  3. "Sphere" is a musical album of Elliot Goldenthal, soundtrack.
    • also known as Sphere Soundtrack
    • released on (17 years ago)
  4. "SPHERE" is a musical album of Megumi Hayashibara.
    • released on (21 years ago)
  5. "sphere" is a musical album of Sphere.
    • released on
  6. "Sphere" is a musical album of Landing.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  7. "Sphere" is a musical album of Karcius.
  8. "Sphere" is a musical single of Ecano.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  9. "Sphere" is a composition.
  10. "Sphere" is a musical album of Dan Siegel.
  11. "Sphere" is a musical album of Gulan.
    • released in (9 years ago)
  12. "Sphere" is a musical single of Wave World.
    • released on (14 years ago)
  13. "Sphere" is a musical EP of Nienvox.
    • released on (6 years ago)


Who is Sphere?

SPHERE a.k.a. Sphere of Influence is a Japanese rapper.


  1. Sphere is a J-pop idol unit made up of voice actresses who are all managed by Sony Music Entertainment's Music Ray'n subdivision, under the Lantis music label GloryHeaven. The group debuted in April 2009 releasing their first single "Future Stream", which was followed up with the June 2009 release of "Dangerous Girls" theme used in the opening animation of the PlayStation Portable game "Ken to Mahou Gakuen Mono 2". As all four are voice actresses, their music is frequently featured as theme songs to a variety of anime series, including First Love Limited, Sora no Manimani, Demon King Daimao, Asobi ni iku yo! and Ryūgajō Nanana no Maizōkin. The group features in the anime Natsuiro Kiseki, in which every member has a role as the four main characters.
    • members:
    • genres: J-pop, Pop music
    • albums: "Third Planet", "Future Stream", "Super Noisy Nova", "MOON SIGNAL", "REALOVE:REALIFE", "Now loading...SKY!!", "A.T.M.O.S.P.H.E.R.E", "LET・ME・DO!!", "Hazy", "風をあつめて / Brave my heart", "Non stop road/通向明天的歸途", "GENESIS ARIA", "Pride on Everyday", "Spring is here", "HIGH POWERED", "Sticking Places", "Eternal Tours", "微かな密かな確かなミライ", "4 colors for you"
    • official website:
  2. Sphere were an American jazz ensemble which began as a tribute to pianist/composer Thelonious Monk, whose middle name was "Sphere".
    • members:
    • albums: "Bird Songs", "Pumpkins Delight", "On Tour", "Four in One"
  3. Sphere is a musical group.
  4. Sphere is a musical artist, webpage, musical group.
  5. Sphere is a musical group.
  6. Sphere is a musical group.
    • album: "Once upon a place..."
  7. Sphere is a lounge downtempo band.

There are other groups with in their name, like Sphere Lazza, Secret Sphere, Atom on Sphere, Thought Sphere, Sphere of Souls, Desecrated Sphere, Sphere Clown Band, Rabbit Is A Sphere and Like Drone Razors Through Flesh Sphere.


  1. Sphere was a blog search engine. The Sphere search engine delivered blog posts based on algorithms that combine semantic matching with authority factors to deliver results relevant to the search query.
  2. Sphere is a publisher.

Phrases with Sphere

Phrases starting with the word Sphere:

  1. sphere of influence
  2. Sphere of Knowledge

Phrases ending with the word Sphere:

  1. -Sphere
  2. Dyson Sphere
  3. Exotic sphere
  4. Oblique Sphere
  5. Homology sphere
  6. armillary sphere
  7. celestial sphere
  8. political sphere
  9. Sublunary sphere

Other phrase containing the word Sphere:

  1. thelonious sphere monk

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Sphere

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Google previewThe Edinburgh Encyclopaedia (1832)

A sphere is an uniformly round body, every point of whose surface is equally distant from a point within the body, called the centre. Hence...

The diameter of a sphere is a straight line passing flogo the centre, and terminated both ways by the suraCC.

Google previewUp from Eden (2007)

A Transpersonal View of Human Evolution by Ken Wilber

The physical-uroboric level of material exchange, whose paradigm is food consumption and food extraction from the natural environment; whose sphere is that of manual labor (or technological ...

Google previewElements of Geometry, Briefly, Yet Plainly Demonstrated by Edmund Stone (1728)

by Euclid

A Sphere is a solid Figure, made when the Diameter of a Semicircle, remaining at rest, the Semicircle is turned about till it returns to the same Place from whence it began to...

Google previewA treatise on navigation and nautical astronomy (1891)

by John Riddle

A sphere Is a solid, bounded by a surface, every point of which is equally distant Sphere, from a fixed point called the centre.

Google previewMaths Plus 8

by SC Das

A sphere is a figure formed by all the points in space which are at the same distance from a fixed point. This fixed point is...

Google previewEuclide's Elements (1714)

The Whole Fifteen Books Compendiously Demonstrated. With Archimedes Theorems of the Sphere and Cylinder, Investigated by the Method of Indivisibles by Euclid, Isaac Barrow, Archimedes, Marinus, François de Foix comte de Candale

A Sphere is a solid figure made when the diameter of a circle abiding unmoved, the semicircle is turned round about, till it return to the fame place from whence...

Google previewA Complete Epitome of Practical Navigation and Nautical Astronomy (1900)

Containing All Necessary Instructions for Keeping a Ship's Reckoning at Sea : with the Most Approved Methods of Ascertaining the Latitude and Longitude...together with a Correct and Extensive Set of Tables, Preceeded by a Copious Explanation of Each Table by John William Norie, W. H. Bolt

A sphere is the surface in solid geometry which corresponds to the circle in plane geometry. A sphere may be either solid or hollow. As regards Navigation, the sphere is the surface of the Earth ; as regards Nautical Astronomy, it is an ...

Google previewEnlarged by H. Law. Fourth edition, carefully revised and corrected by J. R. Young (1862)

by Olinthus Gregory, Henry LAW (Civil Engineer.), John Radford YOUNG

A sphere is a solid bounded by one curve surface, which is everywhere equally distant from a certain point within, called the centre.

Google previewUniversal Technological Dictionary (1823)

Or, Familiar Explanations of the Terms Used in All Arts and Sciences by George Crabb

A right sphere is that in which the Equator cuts the horizon at right angles, as in plate 15, fig.

Google previewDragons & Fantasy (2009)

Unleash your creative beast as you conjure up dragons, fairies, ogres, and other fantastic creatures by Kythera of Anevern

Shading Exercise Shading a sphere is a simple yet useful exercise for developing shading skills and techniques, and for locating the different types of highlights and shadows on an object. Variations of this exercise can be used to shade just ...

Google previewImmanuel Kant (2012)

His Life and Thought by Arsenij Gulyga

The first sphere is the sphere of the understanding, or the faculty to understand, to construct concepts, and to work up perceptions and sense data. The second is the sphere of judgment, or of the faculty to apply these concepts to specific ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1995)

Volume 54 - Steam Reforming: Operating Experience to Storage Tank Explosion Safeguards by John J. McKetta Jr

The storage sphere is vital process equipment. In this article we present different nomograms that are useful for process and mechanical designers and estimators , among others, who use spherical storage tanks. Any process engineer is ...

Google previewThe Gentleman's Dictionary (1705)

In Three Parts. Viz. I. The Art of Riding the Great Horse ... II. The Military Art ... III. The Art of Navigation ... by Guillet (sieur.)

SPHERE, or Globe, is an Artificial Representation of the Whole Surface of the Terraqueous Ball ; for the more distinétly Viewing of its Constituent Parts, and the better Comprehending its Various Positions ; which are either Parallel, Right, ...

Google previewBuddhist Dictionary (2004)

Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines by Nyanatiloka Thera

Sensuous Sphere Fine-material Sphere (Absorptions) Immaterial Sphere ( Absorptions) Supermundane Faith (saddhā) Mindfulness (sati) Moral Shame (hiri ) Moral Dread (ottappa). Appendix KARMICALLY UNWHOLESOME (akusala) ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Magic and Alchemy (2006)

by Rosemary Guiley

Heavenly Sphere: Primum Mobile Part of Man: Head Chockmah Number: Two Titles: Wisdom; Divine Father; The Supernal Father Divine Names: Jah; ...

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Quotes about Sphere

Repentance may begin instantly, but reformation often requires a sphere of years. (Henry Ward Beecher)
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Scrabble value of S1P3H4E1R1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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