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semiminor axis

[sem-ee-mahy-ner, sem-ahy-, sem-ee-, sem-ahy-]
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noun
  1. Geometry. one half the minor axis of an ellipse.
  2. Astronomy. one half the minor axis of the ellipse that one celestial body describes around another, as a planet around the sun.
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Origin of semiminor axis

First recorded in 1925–30; semi- + minor
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