analemma

[ an-l-em-uh ]
/ ˌæn lˈɛm ə /

noun, plural an·a·lem·mas, an·a·lem·ma·ta [an-l-em-uh-tuh] /ˌæn lˈɛm ə tə/.

a scale shaped like the figure 8, showing the declination of the sun and the equation of time for each day of the year.

Origin of analemma

1645–55; < Latin: pedestal of a sundial, sundial < Greek análēmma support

Related forms

an·a·lem·mat·ic [an-l-e-mat-ik] /ˌæn l ɛˈmæt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for analemma

analemma

/ (ˌænəˈlɛmə) /

noun plural -mas or -mata (-mətə)

a graduated scale shaped like a figure eight that indicates the daily declination of the sun

Derived Forms

analemmatic (ˌænəlɛˈmætɪk), adjective

Word Origin for analemma

C17: from Latin: sundial, pedestal of sundial, from Greek analēmma pedestal, from analambanein to support
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