[plan-uh-sfeer, pley-nuh-]
  1. a map of half or more of the celestial sphere with a device for indicating the part of a given location visible at a given time.
  2. a projection or representation of the whole or a part of a sphere on a plane.

Origin of planisphere

1350–1400; plani- + sphere; replacing Middle English planisperie < Medieval Latin plānisphaerium
Related formsplan·i·spher·i·cal [plan-uh-sfer-i-kuh l, -sfeer-, pley-nuh-] /ˌplæn əˈsfɛr ɪ kəl, -ˈsfɪər-, ˌpleɪ nə-/, plan·i·spher·ic, plan·i·spher·al [plan-i-sfeer-uh l, pley-nuh-] /ˌplæn ɪˈsfɪər əl, ˌpleɪ nə-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a projection or representation of all or part of a sphere on a plane surface, such as a polar projection of the celestial sphere onto a chart
Derived Formsplanispheric (ˌplænɪˈsfɛrɪk), adjective

Word Origin for planisphere

C14: from Medieval Latin plānisphaerium, from Latin plānus flat + Greek sphaira globe
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Word Origin and History for planisphere

late 14c., from Medieval Latin planisphaerium, from Latin planus (see plane (n.1)) + sphaera (see sphere (n.)).

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