- an imaginary belt of the heavens, extending about 8° on each side of the ecliptic, within which are the apparent paths of the sun, moon, and principal planets. It contains twelve constellations and hence twelve divisions called signs of the zodiac. Each division, however, because of the precession of the equinoxes, now contains the constellation west of the one from which it took its name.Compare sign of the zodiac.
- a circular or elliptical diagram representing this belt, and usually containing pictures of the animals, human figures, etc., that are associated with the constellations and signs.
- a circuit or round.
Origin of zodiac
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Examples from the Web for zodiac
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Leo is strategic, the queen on the chessboard, the prime mover of the zodiac.The Stars Predict Your Week
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Zodiac signs correspond to seven-year spans of life; Cancer, with college and coming of age.What the Stars Hold For Your Week
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From the resourceful rat to the fertile pig, the 12 zodiac heads ostensibly represent different periods in the Chinese calendar.'Circle of Animals': Sculptures of a Silenced Artist
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This second zodiac sign rules the human age of innocence, 7-14 years.Zodiac Beast: April 24-30
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For the Equinoctial Circle does not cut the Zodiac at right angles.The Non-Christian Cross
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He set in heaven the Stars of the Zodiac which are their likenesses.The Babylonian Legends of the Creation
It is decorated with the "signs of the zodiac" and "symbols of the months."The Cathedrals of Northern France
On the probable Chinese origin of the zodiac see Schlegel, loc.The Hindu-Arabic Numerals
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People born in this period are represented in the Zodiac by the symbolism of the twins.Palmistry for All
- an imaginary belt extending 8° either side of the ecliptic, which contains the 12 zodiacal constellations and within which the moon and planets appear to move. It is divided into 12 equal areas, called signs of the zodiac, each named after the constellation which once lay in itSee zodiacal constellation
- astrology a diagram, usually circular, representing this belt and showing the symbols, illustrations, etc, associated with each of the 12 signs of the zodiac, used to predict the future
- rare a complete circuit; circle
Word Origin and History for zodiac
late 14c., from Old French zodiaque, from Latin zodiacus "zodiac," from Greek zodiakos (kyklos) "zodiac (circle)," literally "circle of little animals," from zodiaion, diminutive of zoion "animal" (see zoo).
Libra is not an animal, but it was not a zodiac constellation to the Greeks, who reckoned 11 but counted Scorpio and its claws (including what is now Libra) as a "double constellation." Libra was figured back in by the Romans. In Old English the zodiac was twelf tacna "the twelve signs," and in Middle English also Our Ladye's Waye and the Girdle of the Sky.
- A band of the celestial sphere extending about eight degrees north and south of the ecliptic, representing the portion of the sky within which the paths of the Sun, the Moon, and the planets are found. In astrology, the zodiac is divided into 12 equal segments, each of which is named after a constellation through which the ecliptic passes in that region of the sky. The traditional beginning point of constellations is Aries, followed in calendrical order by Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpius, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. See also equinox.