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Meaning of ALMUCANTAR

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Al`mu*can"tar\, n. [F. almucantarat, almicantarat,
ultimately fr. Ar. al-muqantar[=a]t, pl., fr. qantara to
bend, arch.] (Astron.)
A small circle of the sphere parallel to the horizon; a
circle or parallel of altitude. Two stars which have the same
almucantar have the same altitude. See {Almacantar}.
[Archaic]

{Almucanter staff}, an ancient instrument, having an arc of
   fifteen degrees, formerly used at sea to take observations
   of the sun's amplitude at the time of its rising or
   setting, to find the variation of the compass.

 
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