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Greenwich Mean Time

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noun

mean solar time on the 0° meridian passing through Greenwich, England, measured from midnight: formerly a standard time in Britain and a basis for calculating times throughout most of the world, it has been replaced by an atomic timescaleAbbreviation: GMT See universal time

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usage for Greenwich Mean Time

The name Greenwich mean time is ambiguous, having been measured from mean midday in astronomy up to 1925, and is not used for scientific purposes. It is generally and incorrectly used in the sense of universal coordinated time, an atomic timescale available since 1972 from broadcast signals, in addition to the earliest sense of universal time, adopted internationally in 1928 as the name for GMT measured from midnight
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Scientific definitions for Greenwich Mean Time

Greenwich Mean Time
[ grĕnĭch ]

See universal time.
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