# Circle vs. Sphere: Know the Difference

By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023

**A circle is a 2D shape with all points equidistant from a center; a sphere is a 3D object where all surface points are equidistant from a center.**

## Key Differences

A circle is a two-dimensional shape defined by a set of points in a plane that are all the same distance from a central point. This distance is known as the radius. In contrast, a sphere is a three-dimensional object, where every point on its surface is equidistant from its center. The concept of a sphere extends the principle of a circle into a three-dimensional space.

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In geometry, the circle is often represented by its circumference, which is the continuous line forming its boundary. The sphere, however, is represented by its surface, a continuous, curved, two-dimensional boundary in three-dimensional space. The circle's properties are confined to the plane it lies in, while the sphere's properties encompass the space it occupies.

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A circle has properties such as circumference and area, calculated using its radius. A sphere's properties include surface area and volume, which are also calculated using its radius but involve different geometric formulas due to the sphere's three-dimensional nature.

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The circle and sphere also differ in their applications. Circles are commonly found in two-dimensional contexts like graphic design and architecture. Spheres, on the other hand, find their use in three-dimensional applications like in modeling celestial bodies or in 3D design.

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## Comparison Chart

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## Circle and Sphere Definitions

#### Circle

A process or series of events that repeats and leads back to the starting point.

The lifecycle of a product often goes in a full circle.

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#### Sphere

A three-dimensional round shape, like a ball, with every point on its surface equidistant from its center.

The globe is a miniature model of the Earth, a sphere.

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#### Circle

A plane curve everywhere equidistant from a given fixed point, the center.

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#### Sphere

A field or area of activity, influence, or expertise.

She has considerable influence in the political sphere.

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#### Sphere

An object having this shape, either solid or hollow.

He carved a wooden sphere as part of his art project.

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#### Sphere

A celestial body, such as a planet or star, approximating this shape.

Astronomers study celestial spheres like planets and stars.

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#### Circle

A circular or nearly circular course, circuit, or orbit:a satellite's circle around the earth.

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#### Sphere

(Mathematics) A three-dimensional surface, all points of which are equidistant from a fixed point.

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#### Circle

A series or process that finishes at its starting point or continuously repeats itself; a cycle.

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#### Circle

A group of people sharing an interest, activity, or achievement:well-known in artistic circles.

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#### Sphere

The sky, appearing as a hemisphere to an observer

The sphere of the heavens.

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#### Circle

A territorial or administrative division, especially of a province, in some European countries.

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#### Sphere

Any of a series of concentric, transparent, revolving globes that together were once thought to contain the moon, sun, planets, and stars.

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#### Sphere

A range or extent of knowledge, interest, or activity

A problem that falls within the sphere of biophysics.

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#### Sphere

A social level or part of society or group

Knew few people beyond his partner's sphere.

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#### Circle

(geometry) A two-dimensional geometric figure, a line, consisting of the set of all those points in a plane that are equally distant from a given point (center).

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#### Sphere

(mathematics) A regular three-dimensional object in which every cross-section is a circle; the figure described by the revolution of a circle about its diameter . Category:en:Surfaces

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#### Circle

A two-dimensional geometric figure, a disk, consisting of the set of all those points of a plane at a distance less than or equal to a fixed distance (radius) from a given point.

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#### Circle

Any shape, curve or arrangement of objects that approximates to or resembles the geometric figures.

Children, please join hands and form a circle.

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#### Sphere

The apparent outer limit of space; the edge of the heavens, imagined as a hollow globe within which celestial bodies appear to be embedded.

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#### Circle

Any thin three-dimensional equivalent of the geometric figures.

Cut a circle out of that sheet of metal.

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#### Sphere

Any of the concentric hollow transparent globes formerly believed to rotate around the Earth, and which carried the heavenly bodies; there were originally believed to be eight, and later nine and ten; friction between them was thought to cause a harmonious sound (the music of the spheres).

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#### Circle

A curve that more or less forms part or all of a circle.

The crank moves in a circle.

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#### Sphere

(mythology) An area of activity for a planet; or by extension, an area of influence for a god, hero etc.

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#### Circle

A specific group of persons; especially one who shares a common interest.

Inner circle

Circle of friends

Literary circle

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#### Sphere

(figuratively) The region in which something or someone is active; one's province, domain.

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#### Sphere

(geometry) The set of all points in three-dimensional Euclidean space (or n-dimensional space, in topology) that are a fixed distance from a fixed point .

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#### Circle

(cricket) A line comprising two semicircles of 30 yards radius centred on the wickets joined by straight lines parallel to the pitch used to enforce field restrictions in a one-day match.

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#### Sphere

(logic) The extension of a general conception, or the totality of the individuals or species to which it may be applied.

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#### Circle

(Wicca) A ritual circle that is cast three times deosil and closes three times widdershins either in the air with a wand or literally with stones or other items used for worship.

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#### Sphere

(transitive) To place in a sphere, or among the spheres; to ensphere.

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#### Sphere

A body or space contained under a single surface, which in every part is equally distant from a point within called its center.

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#### Circle

(astronomy) An instrument of observation, whose graduated limb consists of an entire circle. When fixed to a wall in an observatory, it is called a mural circle; when mounted with a telescope on an axis and in Y's, in the plane of the meridian, a meridian or transit circle; when involving the principle of reflection, like the sextant, a reflecting circle; and when that of repeating an angle several times continuously along the graduated limb, a repeating circle.

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#### Sphere

Hence, any globe or globular body, especially a celestial one, as the sun, a planet, or the earth.

Of celestial bodies, first the sun,A mighty sphere, he framed.

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#### Sphere

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.

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#### Circle

(logic) A form of argument in which two or more unproved statements are used to prove each other; inconclusive reasoning.

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#### Sphere

The extension of a general conception, or the totality of the individuals or species to which it may be applied.

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#### Sphere

Circuit or range of action, knowledge, or influence; compass; province; employment; place of existence.

To be called into a huge sphere, and not to be seen to move in 't.

Taking her out of the ordinary relations with humanity, and inclosing her in a sphere by herself.

Each in his hidden sphere of joy or woeOur hermit spirits dwell.

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#### Circle

A territorial division or district.

The ten Circles of the Holy Roman Empire were those principalities or provinces which had seats in the German Diet.

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#### Circle

(in the plural) A bagginess of the skin below the eyes from lack of sleep.

After working all night, she had circles under her eyes.

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#### Circle

(transitive) To travel around along a curved path.

The wolves circled the herd of deer.

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#### Sphere

To place in a sphere, or among the spheres; to insphere.

The glorious planet SolIn noble eminence enthroned and spheredAmidst the other.

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#### Circle

(transitive) To place or mark a circle around.

Circle the jobs that you are interested in applying for.

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#### Sphere

A particular environment or walk of life;

His social sphere is limited

It was a closed area of employment

He's out of my orbit

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#### Circle

A plane figure, bounded by a single curve line called its circumference, every part of which is equally distant from a point within it, called the center.

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#### Sphere

A particular aspect of life or activity;

He was helpless in an important sector of his life

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#### Circle

An instrument of observation, the graduated limb of which consists of an entire circle.

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#### Sphere

A solid figure bounded by a spherical surface (including the space it encloses)

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#### Circle

A round body; a sphere; an orb.

It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth.

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#### Sphere

A three-dimensional closed surface such that every point on the surface is equidistant from the center

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#### Sphere

The apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected

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#### Circle

A company assembled, or conceived to assemble, about a central point of interest, or bound by a common tie; a class or division of society; a coterie; a set.

As his name gradually became known, the circle of his acquaintance widened.

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#### Sphere

A social or hierarchical level or position.

His work elevated him to the upper spheres of academic circles.

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#### Circle

A series ending where it begins, and repeating itself.

Thus in a circle runs the peasant's pain.

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#### Circle

A form of argument in which two or more unproved statements are used to prove each other; inconclusive reasoning.

That heavy bodies descend by gravity; and, again, that gravity is a quality whereby a heavy body descends, is an impertinent circle and teaches nothing.

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#### Circle

Indirect form of words; circumlocution.

Has he given the lie,In circle, or oblique, or semicircle.

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#### Circle

To encompass, as by a circle; to surround; to inclose; to encircle.

Their heads are circled with a short turban.

So he lies, circled with evil.

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#### Circle

To move circularly; to form a circle; to circulate.

Thy name shall circle round the gaping through.

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#### Circle

Ellipse in which the two axes are of equal length; a plane curve generated by one point moving at a constant distance from a fixed point;

He calculated the circumference of the circle

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#### Circle

An unofficial association of people or groups;

The smart set goes there

They were an angry lot

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#### Circle

Something approximating the shape of a circle;

The chairs were arranged in a circle

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#### Circle

Movement once around a course;

He drove an extra lap just for insurance

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#### Circle

A road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island;

The accident blocked all traffic at the rotary

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#### Circle

A curved section or tier of seats in a hall or theater or opera house; usually the first tier above the orchestra;

They had excellent seats in the dress circle

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#### Circle

Any circular or rotating mechanism;

The machine punched out metal circles

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#### Circle

Be around;

Developments surround the town

The river encircles the village

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#### Circle

A round plane figure whose boundary consists of points equidistant from a fixed point.

The sun appeared as a perfect circle in the sky.

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#### Circle

A group of people with shared professions or interests.

She was part of a literary circle.

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#### Circle

A territorial or administrative division, especially in certain countries.

He was assigned to the northern circle of the region.

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#### Circle

A curved line forming a closed loop, with every point on the line the same distance from the center.

The artist drew a perfect circle without a compass.

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## Repeatedly Asked Queries

#### Can a circle have volume?

No, a circle is a 2D shape and does not have volume.

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#### What is a sphere?

A sphere is a three-dimensional object with all surface points equidistant from its center.

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#### What is a circle?

A circle is a two-dimensional shape with all points on its edge equidistant from its center.

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#### What is the diameter of a circle?

The diameter is the longest straight line passing through the center, equal to twice the radius.

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#### Are all circles the same shape?

Yes, all circles have the same shape but can have different sizes.

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#### How is a circle different from an ellipse?

In a circle, all points are equidistant from the center, unlike an ellipse.

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#### Can a sphere have a circumference?

Yes, any great circle (a circle cut through the sphere's center) has a circumference.

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#### What is the diameter of a sphere?

Similar to a circle, it is the longest straight line passing through the center.

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#### Are all spheres the same shape?

Yes, all spheres have the same shape but can vary in size.

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#### What is an example of a circle in nature?

A ripple in water forms a circle.

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#### What is an example of a sphere in nature?

Planets and stars are natural examples of spheres.

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#### What is a sector of a circle?

A sector is a part of a circle enclosed by two radii and an arc.

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#### Can a sphere be two-dimensional?

No, a sphere is inherently a three-dimensional object.

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#### What is a hemisphere?

A hemisphere is half of a sphere, divided by a flat plane.

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#### How is a sphere different from an ellipsoid?

A sphere has equal radii in all directions, unlike an ellipsoid.

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#### Is a circle always flat?

Yes, a circle is always a flat, two-dimensional shape.

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