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Definition of Sphere

Sphere

  1. A body or space contained under a single surface, which in every part is equally distant from a point within called its center.
  2. Hence, any globe or globular body, especially a celestial one, as the sun, a planet, or the earth.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The extension of a general conception, or the totality of the individuals or species to which it may be applied.
  6. Circuit or range of action, knowledge, or influence; compass; province; employment; place of existence.
  7. Rank; order of society; social positions.
  8. An orbit, as of a star; a socket.
  9. To place in a sphere, or among the spheres; to insphere.
  10. To form into roundness; to make spherical, or spheral; to perfect.

Sphere Quotations

The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.
Winston Churchill

Virtue is something you have to get good at, like playing the trombone or tolerating bores at parties. Being a virtuous human being takes practice; and those who are brilliant at being human (what Christians call the saints) are the virtuosi of the moral sphere - the Pavarottis and Maradonas of virtue.
Terry Eagleton

In Ireland, novels and plays still have a strange force. The writing of fiction and the creation of theatrical images can affect life there more powerfully and stealthily than speeches, or even legislation. Imagined worlds can lodge deeply in the private sphere, dislodging much else, especially when the public sphere is fragile.
Colm Toibin

People have got to get over the fear of not being able to trust others. I come across people who are very successful in their own sphere, and really believe they can do it all themselves, but they can't.
Kevin McCloud

A good education is that which prepares us for our future sphere of action and makes us contented with that situation in life in which God, in his infinite mercy, has seen fit to place us, to be perfectly resigned to our lot in life, whatever it may be.
Ann Plato
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Sphere Translations

sphere in Dutch is kloot, omgeving, bol, sfeer, gebied
sphere in Portuguese is esfera
sphere in Spanish is esfera
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