sphere
I. noun Etymology: Middle English spere globe, celestial sphere, from Anglo-French espere, from Latin sphaera, from Greek sphaira, literally, ball; perhaps akin to Greek spairein to quiver — more at spurn Date: 14th century 1. a. (1) the apparent surface of the heavens of which half forms the dome of the visible sky (2) any of the concentric and eccentric revolving spherical transparent shells in which according to ancient astronomy stars, sun, planets, and moon are set b. a globe depicting such a sphere; broadly globe a 2. a. a globular body ; ball b. planet, star c. (1) a solid that is bounded by a surface consisting of all points at a given distance from a point constituting its center — see volume table (2) the bounding surface of a sphere 3. natural, normal, or proper place; especially social order or rank <
not in the same sphere as his moneyed friends
>
4. a. obsolete orbit b. an area or range over or within which someone or something acts, exists, or has influence or significance <
the public sphere
>
spheric adjective, archaicsphericity noun II. transitive verb (sphered; sphering) Date: 1602 1. to place in a sphere or among the spheres ; ensphere 2. to form into a sphere

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