declination

[dek-luh-ney-shuh n]

noun


Nearby words

  1. declension,
  2. declensional,
  3. declensionally,
  4. declinable,
  5. declinate,
  6. declinatory,
  7. declinature,
  8. decline,
  9. decline and fall of the roman empire, the,
  10. declinometer

Origin of declination

1350–1400; Middle English declinacioun < Old French declinacion < Latin dēclīnātiōn- (stem of dēclīnātiō), equivalent to dēclīnāt(us), literally, turned aside (past participle of dēclīnāre; see decline, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsdec·li·na·tion·al, adjectivepre·dec·li·na·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for declination

declination

noun

astronomy the angular distance, esp in degrees, of a star, planet, etc, from the celestial equator measured north (positive) or south (negative) along the great circle passing through the celestial poles and the bodySymbol: δ Compare: right ascension
a refusal, esp a courteous or formal one
Derived Formsdeclinational, adjective

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Word Origin and History for declination

declination

n.

late 14c. as a term in astronomy, from Old French declinacion (Modern French déclinaison), from Latin declinationem (nominative declinatio), noun of action from past participle stem of declinare (see decline). It took on various other senses 15c.-17c., most now obsolete.

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Medicine definitions for declination

declination

[dĕk′lə-nāshən]

n.

A bending, sloping, or other deviation from a normal vertical position.
A deviation of the vertical meridian of the eye to one or the other side due to rotation of the eyeball about its anteroposterior axis.

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Science definitions for declination

declination

[dĕk′lə-nāshən]

On the celestial sphere, the position of a celestial object north or south of the celestial equator. Declination is measured in degrees along a great circle drawn through the object being measured and the north and south celestial poles, with positive values north of the celestial equator and negative values south of it, so that the equator itself is 0° and the north and south celestial poles are +90° and -90° declination respectively. See more at equatorial coordinate system.
See magnetic declination.
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