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[ih-fem-er-is] /ɪˈfɛm ər ɪs/
noun, plural ephemerides
[ef-uh-mer-i-deez] /ˌɛf əˈmɛr ɪˌdiz/ (Show IPA)
a table showing the positions of a heavenly body on a number of dates in a regular sequence.
an astronomical almanac containing such tables.
Archaic. an almanac or calendar.
Origin of ephemeris
1545-55; < Latin ephēmeris day book, diary < Greek ephēmerís diary, account book, derivative of ephḗmeros; see ephemeral Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for ephemeris
Historical Examples
  • A Table of artificial numbers; to be found at the back of "Raphael's" ephemeris.

  • Take in hand, then, the ephemeris for the year of your birth and read this chapter with it in view.

    Astrology Sepharial
  • And now not only is it slightly off course, but so is every ephemeris printed on Mert.

    Conquest Over Time Michael Shaara
  • Its position with respect to Saturn on any given date can be learned from the ephemeris.

    Astronomy with an Opera-glass Garrett Putman Serviss
  • With an ephemeris and another astrological book, I made out and copied in six hours Mdlle.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • On a nail by the side of the great fireplace hung proudly and prominently the Family Almanac, the ephemeris.

  • An ephemeris is an almanac of the planetary positions day by day throughout any given year.

    Astrology Sepharial
  • Dictys (the full title of whose book is ephemeris Belli Trojani) is not only the longer but the better written of the two.

  • Knowing the location of Venus in the sky, which can be ascertained from the ephemeris, the observer can find it by day.

    Pleasures of the telescope Garrett Serviss
British Dictionary definitions for ephemeris


noun (pl) ephemerides (ˌɛfɪˈmɛrɪˌdiːz)
a table giving the future positions of a planet, comet, or satellite
an annual publication giving the positions of the sun, moon, and planets during the course of a year, information concerning eclipses, astronomical constants, etc
(obsolete) a diary or almanac
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from Greek: diary, journal; see ephemeral
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ephemeris

table showing predicted positions of heavenly bodies, 1550s, Modern Latin, from Greek ephemeris "diary, calendar," from ephemeros "daily" (see ephemera). The classical plural is ephemerides.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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ephemeris in Science
Plural ephemerides (ěf'ə-měr'ə-dēz')
A table giving the coordinates of a celestial body at specific times during a given period. Ephemerides can be used by navigators to determine their longitude while at sea and by astronomers in following objects such as comets. The use of computers has allowed modern ephemerides to determine celestial positions with far greater accuracy than in earlier publications.
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