from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or shaped like a cone.

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  • adj. Of or relating to a cone or cones.
  • adj. Shaped like a cone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the form of a cone; coniform; cone-shaped: as, a conical mountain; a conical cap.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or resembling a cone


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  • The ensemble welcomed me with a song as deafening as it was spirited — to which I could imagine men in conical fur hats hurling aside tables and performing the famous, tendon-tearing Cossack squat-and-kick dance called the kazachok.

    Russia's Holy Warriors

  • Most common was the 8-bore, which fired a 1,250-grain conical bullet at about 1500 fps.

    Black Powder Behemoths

  • Men accustomed to raise these structures for their dead kings or conquerors would carry the usage with them in their migrations, but arriving in Egypt, and seeing the impossibility of finding earth sufficiently tenacious for a mound, they would approximate as nearly as might be to their ancient custom by raising up a round heap of stones — in short, conical pyramids.


  • As I wrestled with my chopsticks, I watched women in conical bamboo hats called non, carrying their burdens on a bentwood beam (don danh) slung over both shoulders to support two enormous baskets.

    Barnett, Robert W.

  • Slowly climbing the stairs, shoulders sagging, and head bent, was a beloved figure in conical hat and long, black cloak!

    Spice and the Devil's Cave

  • I had to figure out which one worked best: The elliptical stayed in the groove, so I had to use the conical, which is shaped more like a nail, but worked when I scratched it.

    Wired Top Stories

  • There are two kinds of pivots, known respectively as straight and conical pivots, but for the balance staff there is but one kind and that is the conical, which is illustrated in Fig. 4.

    A Treatise on Staff Making and Pivoting Containing Complete Directions for Making and Fitting New Staffs from the Raw Material

  • As Captain Minié has made no change in the rifle, except removing a tige which was only lately introduced, it is certainly an extraordinary Irishism to call his conical ball a Minié rifle; it was partially adopted in England as early as 1851.

    Lands of the Slave and the Free Cuba, the United States, and Canada

  • Its shape, you see, somewhat resembles that of a pear, and is open at the top, so as to adapt itself exactly to a kind of conical receiver of this sort, called the head.

    Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2 In Which the Elements of that Science Are Familiarly Explained and Illustrated by Experiments

  • "When grain pours from a sack, it does not spread out flat in a plane area, but will form a so-called conical pyramid.

    Hard to be a god


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