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  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a particular aspect of life or activity; "he was helpless in an important sector of his life" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. any spherically shaped artifact Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. the geographical area in which one nation is very influential Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a three-dimensional closed surface such that every point on the surface is equidistant from the center Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. a solid figure bounded by a spherical surface (including the space it encloses) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. A body or space contained under a single surface, which in every part is equally distant from a point within called its center. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. Hence, any globe or globular body, especially a celestial one, as the sun, a planet, or the earth. Newage Dictionary DB
  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. Newage Dictionary DB
  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. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. The extension of a general conception, or the totality of the individuals or species to which it may be applied. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. Circuit or range of action, knowledge, or influence; compass; province; employment; place of existence. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. Rank; order of society; social positions. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. An orbit, as of a star; a socket. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. To place in a sphere, or among the spheres; to insphere. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. To form into roundness; to make spherical, or spheral; to perfect. Newage Dictionary DB
  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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. Spheral. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. A ball or globular body. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  22. A globe; planet; circuit; province; rank. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  23. To place in a sphere; make spherical; encircle. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. A solid every part of whose surface is equidistant from a point within called the center; a globe; planet; star. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. Field of action, influence, or existence. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  29. sf[=e]r, n. a ball or globe: an orb or circle: circuit of motion: province or duty: definite range: rank, position in society: (geom.) a surface every point of which is equidistant from one and the same point, called the centre.--adjs. SPH[=E]R'AL; SPHERE'LESS.--ns. SPHERE'-MET'AL (Milt.), metal like that of which the celestial spheres were anciently supposed to be made; SPHERE'-M[=U]'SIC, the music of the spheres.--adjs. SPHER'IC, -AL, pertaining to, or like, a sphere.--n. SPHERICAL'ITY.--adv. SPHER'ICALLY.--ns. SPHER'ICALNESS, SPHERIC'ITY, state or quality of being spherical: roundness; SPHER'ICLE, a little sphere; SPHER'ICS, the geometry and trigonometry of the sphere; SPH[=E]'ROID, a body or figure nearly spherical, but not quite so--a species of ellipsoid (prolate spheroid, a slightly lengthened sphere; oblate spheroid, a slightly flattened sphere).--adj. SPH[=E]ROI'DAL, having the form of a spheroid.--ns. SPH[=E]ROIDI'CITY, SPH[=E]ROID'ITY, the state of being spheroidal; SPH[=E]'ROM[=E]RE, one of the symmetrical segments of a radiate; SPH[=E]ROM'ETER, an instrument for measuring the sphericity of portions of spherical surfaces--for example, lenses; SPH[=E]'ROSID'ERITE, the name given to impure or earthy and frequently concretionary varieties of carbonate of iron.--adj. SPHER'[=U]LAR.--ns. SPHER'[=U]LE, a little sphere; SPHER'[=U]LITE, a radiating spherical group of minute acicular crystals common in silicious volcanic rocks.--adjs. SPHER[=U]LIT'IC; SPH[=E]'RY, spherical, round: belonging to the celestial spheres. [Fr.,--L. sphæra--Gr. sphaira.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  30. Solid figure generated by revolution of semicircle about its diameter, or every part of whose surface is equidistant from a point within called the centre; ball, globe; (poet.) the heavens, the sky; any heavenly body; globe representing the earth or the apparent heavens; each of the revolving globeshaped shells in which the heavenly bodies were formerly supposed to be set, esp. music, harmony, of the ss. (produced by movements of the ss.); one\'s field of action, influence, or existence, one\'s natural surroundings, one\'s place in society, as has done much within his peculiar s., earnest young lady in search of a s., great mistake to take him out of his s., moves in quite another s., German s. (claimed or recognized area) of influence in Africa; celestial s., surface on which heavenly bodies appear to lie; doctrine of the s., spherical geometry& trigonometry; great, small, circle of s., section made by plane passing, not passing, through its centre; oblique, right, parallel, s., sphere of apparent heavensat a place where there is oblique angle, right angle, no angle, between equator& horizon. (v.t.) enclose (as) in s., make s.- shaped, (poet.) exalt to the (celestial)s. Hence sphery a. (poet.). [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  31. A solid that has all parts of its surface equidistant from the center; hence, loosely, a ball or globe. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  32. A limited space or aspect regarded as a scene of action. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  33. n. [Latin] A body contained under a single surface, which, in every part, is equally distant from a point within, called the centre ; a globe ; an orb ; - any of the orbicular bodies in the mundane system, as sun, moon planet, star, &c.;-circuit of motion; revolution; orbit;-the concave, expanse of the heavens; - a representation of the earth on the surface of a globe; an orbicular body representing the earth or the heavens;-individual place or position in life or in society ; centre or province of active agency or of passive influence ;- right or suitable place for action or influence;-compass or range, as of knowledge, &c.; also, particular department or branch, as of information, &c. ;- station ; post ; employment. Cabinet Dictionary

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