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semidiurnal

[sem-ee-dahy-ur-nl, sem-ahy-]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to, consisting of, or accomplished in half a day.
  2. occurring every 12 hours or twice each day.
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Origin of semidiurnal

First recorded in 1585–95; semi- + diurnal
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Examples from the Web for semidiurnal

Historical Examples

  • The semidiurnal tidal forces vanish at the Pole and are very small over the entire Arctic Ocean.

    The North Pole

    Robert E. Peary


British Dictionary definitions for semidiurnal

semidiurnal

adjective
  1. of or continuing during half a day
  2. occurring every 12 hours
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