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siderostat

[sid-er-uh-stat]
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noun
  1. a telescopic device for reflecting the light of a star in a constant direction, the chief component of which is a plane mirror turned by a clock mechanism to correct for the rotation of the earth.

Origin of siderostat

First recorded in 1875–80; sidero-2 + -stat
Related formssid·er·o·stat·ic, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The telescope was housed at the Exhibition in a long gallery pointing due north and south, the siderostat at the north end.

    The Romance of Modern Invention

    Archibald Williams

  • The siderostat, twenty-seven feet high, and as many in length, weighed forty-five tons.

  • The movable portion of the roof of the building had been slid back, and the mirror of the siderostat stood bared to the sky.


British Dictionary definitions for siderostat

siderostat

noun
  1. an astronomical instrument consisting essentially of a plane mirror driven about two axes so that light from a celestial body, esp the sun, is reflected along a constant direction for a long period of timeSee also heliostat Compare coelostat
Derived Formssiderostatic, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from sidero-, from Latin sidus a star + -stat, on the model of heliostat
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