[ siz-i-jee ]
/ ˈsɪz ɪ dʒi /
noun, plural syz·y·gies.
Astronomy. an alignment of three celestial objects, as the sun, the earth, and either the moon or a planet: Syzygy in the sun-earth-moon system occurs at the time of full moon and new moon.
Classical Prosody. a group or combination of two feet, sometimes restricted to a combination of two feet of different kinds.
any two related things, either alike or opposite.
Words nearby syzygy
Origin of syzygy
OTHER WORDS FROM syzygysy·zyg·i·al [si-zij-ee-uh l] /sɪˈzɪdʒ i əl/, syz·y·get·ic [siz-i-jet-ik] /ˌsɪz ɪˈdʒɛt ɪk/, syz·y·gal [siz-i-guh l] /ˈsɪz ɪ gəl/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for syzygy
I have a sneaking friendliness even now for anyone to whom the word ‘syzygy’ carries no special meaning.The Mystery of the Sea|Bram Stoker
In the case of free parasites, a well-developed cyst is secreted by the syzygy, which rotates and gradually becomes spherical.
British Dictionary definitions for syzygy
/ (ˈsɪzɪdʒɪ) /
noun plural -gies
either of the two positions (conjunction or opposition) of a celestial body when sun, earth, and the body lie in a straight linethe moon is at syzygy when full
(in classical prosody) a metrical unit of two feet
rare any pair, usually of opposites
biology the aggregation in a mass of certain protozoans, esp when occurring before sexual reproduction
Derived forms of syzygysyzygial (sɪˈzɪdʒɪəl), syzygetic (ˌsɪzɪˈdʒɛtɪk) or syzygal (ˈsɪzɪɡəl), adjectivesyzygetically, adverb
Word Origin for syzygy
C17: from Late Latin syzygia, from Greek suzugia, from suzugos yoked together, from syn- + zugon a yoke
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Medical definitions for syzygy
[ sĭz′ə-jē ]
The association of gregarine protozoa end-to-end or in lateral pairing without sexual fusion.
The pairing of chromosomes in meiosis.
Other words from syzygysy•zyg′i•al (sĭ-zĭj′ē-əl) adj.
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Scientific definitions for syzygy
[ sĭz′ə-jē ]
Either of two points in the orbit of a celestial body where the body is in opposition to or in conjunction with the Sun.
- Either of the two points in the orbit of the Moon when it lies in a straight line with the Sun and Earth. A new moon syzygy occurs when the Moon is between the Sun and the Earth; a full moon syzygy occurs when the Earth is between the Moon and the Sun.
- The configuration of the Sun, Moon, and Earth when lying in a straight line.
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