spherical polygon
noun Date: circa 1825 a figure analogous to a plane polygon that is formed on a sphere by arcs of great circles

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  • Spherical polygon — Spherical Spher ic*al, Spheric Spher ic, a. [L. sphaericus, Gr. ???: cf. F. sph[ e]rique.] 1. Having the form of a sphere; like a sphere; globular; orbicular; as, a spherical body. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or pertaining to a sphere. [1913 Webster] 3 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spherical polygon — n. a closed figure on the surface of a sphere bounded by the arcs of three or more great circles …   English World dictionary

  • spherical polygon — noun a figure on the surface of a sphere bounded by arcs of 3 or more great circles • Hypernyms: ↑polygon, ↑polygonal shape • Hyponyms: ↑spherical triangle * * * noun : a figure analogous to a plane polygon that is formed on a sphere by arcs of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • spherical polygon — Geom. a closed figure formed by arcs of great circles on a spherical surface. [1715 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • spherical polygon — spher′ical pol′ygon n. math. a closed geometrical figure formed by arcs of great circles on a spherical surface • Etymology: 1715–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • Spherical trigonometry — Spherical triangle Spherical trigonometry is a branch of spherical geometry which deals with polygons (especially triangles) on the sphere and the relationships between the sides and the angles. This is of great importance for calculations in… …   Wikipedia

  • Spherical — Spher ic*al, Spheric Spher ic, a. [L. sphaericus, Gr. ???: cf. F. sph[ e]rique.] 1. Having the form of a sphere; like a sphere; globular; orbicular; as, a spherical body. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or pertaining to a sphere. [1913 Webster] 3. Of or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spherical angle — Spherical Spher ic*al, Spheric Spher ic, a. [L. sphaericus, Gr. ???: cf. F. sph[ e]rique.] 1. Having the form of a sphere; like a sphere; globular; orbicular; as, a spherical body. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or pertaining to a sphere. [1913 Webster] 3 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spherical coordinate — Spherical Spher ic*al, Spheric Spher ic, a. [L. sphaericus, Gr. ???: cf. F. sph[ e]rique.] 1. Having the form of a sphere; like a sphere; globular; orbicular; as, a spherical body. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or pertaining to a sphere. [1913 Webster] 3 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spherical excess — Spherical Spher ic*al, Spheric Spher ic, a. [L. sphaericus, Gr. ???: cf. F. sph[ e]rique.] 1. Having the form of a sphere; like a sphere; globular; orbicular; as, a spherical body. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or pertaining to a sphere. [1913 Webster] 3 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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