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Circle vs. Sphere: Know the Difference

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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.
Circle vs. Sphere

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

Dimensionality

2D shape
3D object
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Surface Area

Area of the circle
Surface area of the sphere
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Volume

No volume
Volume of the sphere
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Example in Nature

Raindrop's shadow
Raindrop itself
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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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Circle

A planar region bounded by a circle.
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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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Circle

Something, such as a ring, shaped like such a plane curve.
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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 traffic circle.
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Sphere

A spherical object or figure.
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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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Sphere

A celestial body, such as a planet or star.
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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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Circle

A sphere of influence or interest; domain.
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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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Circle

(Logic)A vicious circle.
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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

To make or form a circle around:The hedge circles the fountain.
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Sphere

A range of power or influence
Within the sphere of the empire.
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Circle

To move in a circle around:The ship circled the island.
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Sphere

To form into a sphere.
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Circle

To move in a circle.
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Sphere

To put in or within a 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).
The set of all points (x, y) such that {{(x
R2}} is a circle of radius r around the point (1, 0).
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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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Sphere

A spherical physical object; a globe or ball.
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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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Circle

The orbit of an astronomical body.
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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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Circle

A traffic circle or roundabout.
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Sphere

(transitive) To make round or spherical; to perfect.
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Circle

(obsolete) Compass; circuit; enclosure.
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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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Circle

A series ending where it begins, and repeating itself.
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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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Circle

Indirect form of words; circumlocution.
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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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Sphere

Rank; order of society; social positions.
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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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Sphere

An orbit, as of a star; a socket.
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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 surround.
A high fence circles the enclosure.
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Sphere

To form into roundness; to make spherical, or spheral; to perfect.
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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

(intransitive) To travel in circles.
Vultures circled overhead.
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Sphere

Any spherically shaped artifact
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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

The geographical area in which one nation is very influential
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Circle

The line that bounds such a figure; a circumference; a ring.
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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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Circle

Compass; circuit; inclosure.
In the circle of this forest.
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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 circular group of persons; a ring.
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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

A territorial division or district.
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Circle

To move around; to revolve around.
Other planets circle other suns.
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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

Street names for flunitrazepan
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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

Travel around something;
Circle the globe
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Circle

Move in circles
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Circle

Be around;
Developments surround the town
The river encircles the village
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Circle

Form a circle around;
Encircle the errors
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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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Shall vs. Shall beShall vs. Shall be
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
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"Shall" is a modal verb used to indicate future action or a strong intention, while "shall be" is its future tense form, often implying a sense of obligation or inevitability.
Login vs. LogonLogin vs. Logon
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
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"Login" and "Logon" are often used interchangeably to describe the process of gaining access to a computer system, but "login" can also refer to the credentials used for access.
2 Pole Motors vs. 4 Pole Motors2 Pole Motors vs. 4 Pole Motors
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
December 25, 2023
2 Pole Motors have one pair of magnetic poles and run at higher speeds, while 4 Pole Motors have two pairs of poles and operate at lower speeds, offering higher torque.
Happen vs. OccurHappen vs. Occur
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
December 25, 2023
"Happen" refers to events or actions taking place, often with an unplanned or casual connotation, while "occur" implies events or phenomena that take place, often with a more formal or scientific tone.
CeraVe vs. LubridermCeraVe vs. Lubriderm
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
February 8, 2024
CeraVe and Lubriderm are both skincare brands; CeraVe focuses on ceramide-rich formulas, while Lubriderm is known for its basic, gentle moisturizers.
Contact Force vs. Field ForceContact Force vs. Field Force
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
December 25, 2023
Contact Force is a force applied through physical contact, while Field Force acts over a distance without physical contact.
Cache Memory vs. Main MemoryCache Memory vs. Main Memory
Hifza NasirHifza Nasir
May 18, 2024
Cache memory is a fast, volatile memory for quick access to frequently used data, enhancing processor speed. Main memory (RAM) is a larger, slower volatile memory for currently used data and programs.
FHSS vs. DSSSFHSS vs. DSSS
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
February 25, 2024
FHSS (Frequency-Hopping Spread Spectrum) uses rapid frequency changes within a band. DSSS (Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum) spreads signals over a wider frequency using a code.
NM3 vs. M3NM3 vs. M3
Hifza NasirHifza Nasir
April 19, 2024
NM3 measures gas volume under Normal conditions (0°C and 1.01325 bar), while M3 measures volume under the conditions at which it is measured, without standard adjustment.
Term vs. SemesterTerm vs. Semester
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
December 25, 2023
Term is a general period for any division of the academic year, while Semester specifically refers to half of an academic year.
Gorilla Glass 3 vs. Gorilla Glass 5Gorilla Glass 3 vs. Gorilla Glass 5
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
January 1, 2024
Gorilla Glass 3 offers improved scratch resistance and durability compared to its predecessors, while Gorilla Glass 5 focuses on enhanced drop protection and toughness.
Interviewer vs. IntervieweeInterviewer vs. Interviewee
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
December 25, 2023
The interviewer conducts the interview, asking questions and guiding the conversation, while the interviewee is the one responding and being evaluated.
2chan vs. 4chan2chan vs. 4chan
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
February 1, 2024
2chan is a Japanese imageboard primarily for sharing images and discussion. 4chan is an English-language imageboard with a diverse range of topics and more international user base.
Catapult vs. TrebuchetCatapult vs. Trebuchet
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
January 4, 2024
A catapult is a ballistic device using tension or torsion to launch projectiles, while a trebuchet is a type of catapult using a counterweight for greater force and distance.

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