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Meaning of NADIR

Pronunciation:  'neydeer

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the point below the observer that is directly opposite the zenith on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected
  2. [n]  an extreme state of adversity; the lowest point of anything

NADIR is a 5 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: low-water mark
 Antonyms: zenith
 See Also: adversity, celestial point, celestial sphere, empyrean, firmament, hardship, heavens, sphere, vault of heaven, welkin



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Na"dir\, n. [F., Sp., & It. nadir; all fr. Ar.
nas[=i]ru's samt nadir, prop., the point opposite the zenith
(as samt), in which nas[=i]r means alike, corresponding to.
Cf. {Azimuth}, {Zenith}.]
1. That point of the heavens, or lower hemisphere, directly
   opposite the zenith; the inferior pole of the horizon; the
   point of the celestial sphere directly under the place
   where we stand.

2. The lowest point; the time of greatest depression.

         The seventh century is the nadir of the human mind
         in Europe.                            --Hallam.

{Nadir of the sun} (Astron.), the axis of the conical shadow
   projected by the earth. --Crabb.

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