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Meaning of LUNAR

Pronunciation:  'loonur

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  of or relating to or associated with the moon; "lunar surface"; "lunar module"

LUNAR is a 5 letter word that starts with L.


Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Lu"nar\, a. [L. lunaris, fr. luna the moon. See {Luna},
    and cf. {Lunary}.]
    1. Of or pertaining to the moon; as, lunar observations.
    2. Resembling the moon; orbed. --Dryden.
    3. Measured by the revolutions of the moon; as, a lunar
    4. Influenced by the moon, as in growth, character, or
       properties; as, lunar herbs. --Bacon.
    {Lunar caustic} (Med. Chem.), silver nitrate prepared to be
       used as a cautery; -- so named because silver was called
       luna by the ancient alchemists.
    {Lunar cycle}. Same as {Metonic cycle}. See under {Cycle}.
    {Lunar distance}, the angular distance of the moon from the
       sun, a star, or a planet, employed for determining
       longitude by the {lunar method}.
    {Lunar method}, the method of finding a ship's longitude by
       comparing the local time of taking (by means of a sextant
       or circle) a given lunar distance, with the Greenwich time
       corresponding to the same distance as ascertained from a
       nautical almanac, the difference of these times being the
    {Lunar month}. See {Month}.
    {Lunar observation}, an observation of a lunar distance by
       means of a sextant or circle, with the altitudes of the
       bodies, and the time, for the purpose of computing the
    {Lunar tables}.
       (a) (Astron.) Tables of the moon's motions, arranged for
           computing the moon's true place at any time past or
       (b) (Navigation) Tables for correcting an observed lunar
           distance on account of refraction and parallax.
    {Lunar year}, the period of twelve lunar months, or 354 days,
       8 hours, 48 minutes, and 34.38 seconds.
  2. \Lu"nar\, n.
    1. (Astron.) A lunar distance.
    2. (Anat.) The middle bone of the proximal series of the
       carpus; -- called also {semilunar}, and {intermedium}.
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