Origin of declination
Examples from the Web for declination
Both the polar and declination axes are carefully fitted to their bearings and carry finding circles.Astronomical Instruments and Accessories|Wm. Gaertner & Co.
His declination now, after giving ground for hope, would be disheartening.Letters and Literary Memorials of Samuel J. Tilden, v. 1|Samuel J. Tilden
Declination about minus twenty, as I remember it, and right ascension between six and seven hours.Skylark Three|Edward Elmer Smith
The north polar distance of a star is the complement of its declination.Letters on Astronomy|Denison Olmsted
Declination is due to the fact that the geographical and magnetic poles do not coincide.Physics|Willis Eugene Tower
British Dictionary definitions for declination
Word Origin and History for declination
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.