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Meaning of ECLIPTIC

Pronunciation:  i'kliptik

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  the great circle representing the apparent annual path of the sun; the plane of the Earth's orbit around the sun; makes an angle of about 23 degrees with the equator; "all of the planets rotate the sun in approximately the same ecliptic"
 

ECLIPTIC is a 8 letter word that starts with E.

 

 See Also: great circle

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \E*clip"tic\, n. [Cf. F. ['e]cliptique, L. linea
    ecliptica, Gr. ?, prop. adj., of an eclipse, because in this
    circle eclipses of the sun and moon take place. See
    {Ecliptic}, a.]
    1. (Astron.) A great circle of the celestial sphere, making
       an angle with the equinoctial of about 23[deg] 28'. It is
       the apparent path of the sun, or the real path of the
       earth as seen from the sun.
    
    2. (Geog.) A great circle drawn on a terrestrial globe,
       making an angle of 23[deg] 28' with the equator; -- used
       for illustrating and solving astronomical problems.
    
    
  2. \E*clip"tic\, a. [L. eclipticus belonging to an
    eclipse, Gr. ?. See {Eclipse}.]
    1. Pertaining to the ecliptic; as, the ecliptic way.
    
    2. Pertaining to an eclipse or to eclipses.
    
    {Lunar ecliptic limit} (Astron.), the space of 12[deg] on the
       moon's orbit from the node, within which, if the moon
       happens to be at full, it will be eclipsed.
    
    {Solar ecliptic limit}, the space of 17[deg] from the lunar
       node, within which, if a conjunction of the sun and moon
       occur, the sun will be eclipsed.
    
    
 
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