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English noun: sphere

1. sphere (state) a particular environment or walk of life

SamplesHis social sphere is limited.
It was a closed area of employment.
He's out of my orbit.

Synonymsarea, arena, domain, field, orbit

Broader (hypernym)environment

Narrower (hyponym)distaff, front, kingdom, land, lap, political arena, political sphere, preserve, province, realm, responsibility

2. sphere (artifact) any spherically shaped artifact

Broader (hypernym)artefact, artifact

Narrower (hyponym)globe

3. sphere (location) the geographical area in which one nation is very influential

Synonymssphere of influence

Broader (hypernym)geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region

4. sphere (cognition) a particular aspect of life or activity

SamplesHe was helpless in an important sector of his life.


Broader (hypernym)aspect, facet

Narrower (hyponym)department

5. sphere (shape) a solid figure bounded by a spherical surface (including the space it encloses)

Broader (hypernym)round shape

Narrower (hyponym)ball, bead, conglobation, conglomeration, drop, globe, orb, pearl

6. sphere (shape) a three-dimensional closed surface such that every point on the surface is equidistant from the center

Broader (hypernym)round shape

Part holonymsr, steradian

7. sphere (location) the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected

Synonymscelestial sphere, empyrean, firmament, heavens, vault of heaven, welkin

Broader (hypernym)surface

Part holonymapex, apex of the sun's way, celestial point, nadir, solar apex, zenith, zodiac

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