[ih-vek-shuh n]

noun Astronomy.

a periodic irregularity in the moon's motion, caused by the attraction of the sun.

Nearby words

  1. evasive,
  2. evatt,
  3. evatt, herbert vere,
  4. eve,
  5. eve's pudding,
  6. evelyn,
  7. evelyn, john,
  8. evemerus,
  9. even,
  10. even money

Origin of evection

1650–60; < Latin ēvectiōn- (stem of ēvectiō) a going upwards, flight, equivalent to ēvect(us) (past participle of ēvehere to carry forth, move forth) + -iōn- -ion

Related formse·vec·tion·al, adjective

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Examples from the Web for evection

  • His chief discovery was an irregularity of the lunar motion, called the ‘evection.’

  • This he called the evection, and introduced another epicycle to represent it.

    Kepler|Walter W. Bryant

British Dictionary definitions for evection



irregularity in the moon's motion caused by perturbations of the sun and planets
Derived Formsevectional, adjective

Word Origin for evection

C17: from Latin ēvectiō a going up, from ēvehere to lead forth, from vehere to carry

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