Definition of -sphere in US English:


combining form

  • 1Denoting a structure or region of spherical form, especially a region around the earth.

    • ‘In this second film, he moves to the rest of the world, Asia, the Middle East, the Southern Hemisphere.’
    • ‘A 39-inch closed glass Ecosphere, or self-sustaining habitat, is featured in the Planet Zone's thematic cluster on the "Search for Life in the Universe."’
    • ‘She appears out of the shadows one night, like an exotic creature from another stratosphere.’
    • ‘Their nutrients are thus lost to the atmosphere rather than recycled into the ground.’
    • ‘In fact, the current scientific environment often demands of interdisciplinary team work to develop and test hypotheses involving the biosphere.’
    • ‘Indifference to harm caused to people, animals or biosphere: tick again.’
    • ‘Several experiments using the servosphere are in planning stages.’
    • ‘It eventually reaches the stratosphere, where it causes a thinning of the ozone layer.’
    • ‘To find out how insects respond to various plant odors and insect pheromones, Dickens records the path they take across the servosphere.’
    • ‘Currently, about 2,000 species are growing at the station, representing one of the best tropical plant collections in the Western Hemisphere.’
    • ‘Cracked seed coats will leak nutrients out of the seed area (spermosphere) which can attract many seed decaying fungi.’
    • ‘The special effects are well done, and range from the fantastic (a diamond geode the size of Rhode Island floating in the mantle) to the chilling (the burst of cosmic radiation that pokes through the earth's magnetosphere and severs the Golden Gate Bridge at midday).’
    • ‘With surface application, however, much of the ammonia will be lost to the atmosphere.’
    • ‘Over one-fourth of middle school students believe harvesting trees will deplete oxygen in the atmosphere.’
    • ‘Contact fungicides are only active around the actual seed or spermosphere.’
    • ‘The Crenosphere also offers significant interior design flexibility because it has a clear span with no support pillars or posts to obstruct views.’
    • ‘At their most intense, they can suggest new ideas of relationships of humankind to nature, artefact to place, technology to the biosphere.’
    • ‘Sorghum, which originated in Africa, is an important grain in much of the eastern hemisphere.’
    • ‘Doesn't matter; the entire concert sounds as though it was recorded in a bathysphere.’
    • ‘She is investigating rhizobacteria, which live on or around plant roots in the soil zone called the rhizosphere.’
  • 2Denoting an area of activity, section of society, etc. distinguished by a particular characteristic.

    • ‘The latter is the component of the video text that allegorizes the corporate technosphere.’
    • ‘The critic Yuri Lotman's notion of the "semiosphere" offers one such optimistic model.’
    • ‘He did not project his energy out to the audience; rather, he pulled us into a sometimes very small kinesphere.’
    • ‘Economic and cultural pressures from the Anglosphere have imposed increasing constraints on a wide range of French traditions and institutions.’
    • ‘As with many cultural phenomena, gaming is evolving in many curious ways in its path through the meme-o-sphere.’
    • ‘In today's fast-paced websphere, any attempt to restrict content is probably doomed to failure anyway.’
    • ‘They are also, certainly, unique news from the logosphere.’
    • ‘It's a tried-and-true practice in the mediasphere, and I don't want to give the impression that it's a cheat—it works, after all.’
    • ‘Today, more than half specifically ask whether his monitoring includes the blogosphere.’
    • ‘Peter Parker, Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent are polite, wimpish citizens of Blandosphere, but press their buttons, make the change, and they become special.’
    • ‘Architecture didn't make his list (neither did the blogosphere) but the notion implemented in our field is worth a thought, or a thesis.’
    • ‘The exploration is part of a larger cross-cultural project on the conditions for the recharging of the human sensorium within the technosphere which we now inhabit.’
    • ‘Stanley Kubrick's experiment in pure film image now makes perfect sense: Kubrick saw the technosphere, the virtual, in its most abstract form.’
    • ‘Many of these efforts—fluttering somewhere in that Internet neversphere between community service and personal expression—will never amount to anything.’
    • ‘If we depend too much on technology or media, without paying attention to the ways in which the dominant patriarchal mode of domination has always attempted to exploit women's affective experience, our cybersphere will also be appropriated.’
    • ‘I don't think penguins featured largely in Tolkien's mythosphere.’
    • ‘Rest assured, all members of the blogsphere who hear it will be sobbing into their iPods.’
    • ‘Thanks for adding to the debate—and for the blogisphere welcome.’
    • ‘Many people arrive in the game-o-sphere and the first game they ever play is a driving game.’
    • ‘By early 2005, he booted Roll Wid Us out across London's pirate radiosphere, tore up clubs and supported 50 Cent.’


From sphere, on the pattern of (atmo)sphere.