Spheroidal Sphe*roid"al, a. [Cf. F. sph['e]ro["i]dal.] Having the form of a spheroid. -- {Sphe*roid"al*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

{Spheroidal state} (Physics.), the state of a liquid, as water, when, on being thrown on a surface of highly heated metal, it rolls about in spheroidal drops or masses, at a temperature several degrees below ebullition, and without actual contact with the heated surface, -- a phenomenon due to the repulsive force of heat, the intervention of a cushion of nonconducting vapor, and the cooling effect of evaporation. [1913 Webster]

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  • spheroidal — spheroid ► NOUN ▪ a sphere like but not perfectly spherical body. DERIVATIVES spheroidal adjective …   English terms dictionary

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  • spheroidal — sphe·roi·dal || ‚sfɪ rɔɪdl /‚sfɪə r adj. of or pertaining to a spheroid; having a shape that is almost spherical …   English contemporary dictionary

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