mean solar time
time measured by the hour angle of the mean sun.
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Also called mean time.
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British Dictionary definitions for mean time
mean solar time
the time, at a particular place, measured in terms of the passage of the mean sun; the timescale is not precisely constantSee mean solar day
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Science definitions for mean time
Solar time as measured by the mean sun, resulting in equal 24-hour days throughout the year. If days were measured by the actual movement of the Sun, they would vary slightly in length at different times of the year due to differences in Earth's orbital speed and other factors. Mean time is the basis for standard clock time throughout most of the world. See more at solar time universal time.
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