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I want to use this in the following sentence:

The shape the blocks make together when seen from above resembles a radial.

Radial adjective: a radial pattern or design consists of straight lines that all go out from the center of a circle

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    It'd help which blocks you're talking about. The Electrostatic flux lines are also stretched radially outwards. – hjpotter92 Apr 7 '13 at 17:11
  • Do you mean "the shape of the blocks put together..."? – user485 Apr 7 '13 at 18:25
  • The objects themselves aren't that important, just that the when seen from, they collectively seem to creat a shape that resembles a radial/wheel design. In other words, they are arranged in a radial pattern. The blocks are office cubicles, if that helps. – Soulz Apr 7 '13 at 21:05
  • Well in the above sentence, 'radial' is actually being used as a noun. Whether or not it's allowed to be is another question, but it's not taking the place of an adjective in your example sentence. You're using it as a noun. – WendiKidd Apr 7 '13 at 21:49
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The phrase like spokes on a wheel is often used to describe this configuration.

You can look through several published instances of this phrase at this Google books search. Sometimes the expression is used to describe an architectural concept (also called hub and spokes, as in the image shown below on the left); other times, it's used to describe the physical appearance of something (as in the image on the right, which was taken from a 1948 Popular Mechanics magazine, where it was described as in the article as “radiating outward like spokes on a wheel”).

images of "spokes on a wheel"

The expression can be found even in culinary circles:

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(from Vegetarian Times magazine, Sept 1992)

  • Awesome, I think I can work this into my sentence perfectly. Cheers! – Soulz Apr 8 '13 at 3:20
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I would rather rewrite the sentence as follows:

Seen from above, the blocks together have a radial shape.

Radial is already used as noun, but it has a different meaning.

a car tyre with strong parts inside that point away from the outside part and make the tyre stronger and safer

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