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noun Astronomy.

a great circle on the celestial sphere passing through the zenith.

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Origin of vertical circle

First recorded in 1550–60
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British Dictionary definitions for vertical circle

vertical circle

noun

astronomy a great circle on the celestial sphere passing through the zenith and perpendicular to the horizon
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Scientific definitions for vertical circle

vertical circle

A great circle on the celestial sphere that passes through the zenith and the nadir and thus is perpendicular to the horizon.
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