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Meaning of SYZYGY

Pronunciation:  'sizijee

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the straight line configuration of 3 celestial bodies (as the sun and earth and moon) in a gravitational system

SYZYGY is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: physical phenomenon



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Syz"y*gy\ (s[i^]z"[i^]*j[y^]), n.
    The intimately united and apparently fused condition of
    certain low organisms during conjugation.
  2. \Syz"y*gy\ (s[i^]z"[i^]*j[y^]), n.; pl. {Syzygies}
    (-j[i^]z). [L. syzygia a joining together, conjunction, Gr.
    syzygi`a; sy`n with + zeygny`nai to join, zygo`n yoke: cf. F.
    syzygie. See {Yoke}, n.]
    1. (Astron.) The point of an orbit, as of the moon or a
       planet, at which it is in conjunction or opposition; --
       commonly used in the plural.
    2. (Gr. & L. Pros.) The coupling together of different feet;
       as, in Greek verse, an iambic syzygy.
    3. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) Any one of the segments of an arm of a crinoid
           composed of two joints so closely united that the line
           of union is obliterated on the outer, though visible
           on the inner, side.
       (b) The immovable union of two joints of a crinoidal arm.
    {Line of syzygies} (Astron.), the straight line connecting
       the earth, the sun, and the moon or a planet, when the
       latter is in conjunction or opposition; -- used chiefly of
       the moon.