equinoctial point

equinoctial point
noun
(astronomy) either of the two celestial points at which the celestial equator intersects the ecliptic
Syn: ↑equinox
Topics: ↑astronomy, ↑uranology
Hypernyms: ↑celestial point
Hyponyms: ↑vernal equinox, ↑autumnal equinox

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  • equinoctial point — either of the two points at which the celestial equator and the ecliptic intersect each other; the position of the sun s center at the equinoxes. [1720 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • equinoctial point — One of two intersections of the ecliptic and celestial equators, occupied by the sun when its declination is 0°. Also called an equinox …   Aviation dictionary

  • equinoctial point — noun either of two points at which the ecliptic cuts the celestial equator …   English new terms dictionary

  • equinoctial point — /ˌikwənɒkʃəl ˈpɔɪnt/ (say .eekwuhnokshuhl poynt) noun either of the two points in which the celestial equator and the ecliptic intersect each other, reached by the sun s centre at the equinoxes …  

  • Equinoctial — E qui*noc tial, a. [L. aequinoctials, fr. aequinoctium equinox: cf. F. [ e]quinoxial. See {Equinox}.] 1. Pertaining to an equinox, or the equinoxes, or to the time of equal day and night; as, the equinoctial line. [1913 Webster] 2. Pertaining to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Equinoctial colure — Equinoctial E qui*noc tial, a. [L. aequinoctials, fr. aequinoctium equinox: cf. F. [ e]quinoxial. See {Equinox}.] 1. Pertaining to an equinox, or the equinoxes, or to the time of equal day and night; as, the equinoctial line. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Equinoctial line — Equinoctial E qui*noc tial, a. [L. aequinoctials, fr. aequinoctium equinox: cf. F. [ e]quinoxial. See {Equinox}.] 1. Pertaining to an equinox, or the equinoxes, or to the time of equal day and night; as, the equinoctial line. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Equinoctial points — Equinoctial E qui*noc tial, a. [L. aequinoctials, fr. aequinoctium equinox: cf. F. [ e]quinoxial. See {Equinox}.] 1. Pertaining to an equinox, or the equinoxes, or to the time of equal day and night; as, the equinoctial line. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Equinoctial time — Equinoctial E qui*noc tial, a. [L. aequinoctials, fr. aequinoctium equinox: cf. F. [ e]quinoxial. See {Equinox}.] 1. Pertaining to an equinox, or the equinoxes, or to the time of equal day and night; as, the equinoctial line. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • equinoctial — adj. & n. adj. 1 happening at or near the time of an equinox (equinoctial gales). 2 of or relating to equal day and night. 3 at or near the (terrestrial) equator. n. (in full equinoctial line) = celestial equator. Phrases and idioms: equinoctial… …   Useful english dictionary

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