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Definitions of ecliptic

  1. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A great circle of the celestial sphere, making an angle with the equinoctial of about 23¡ 28'. It is the apparent path of the sun, or the real path of the earth as seen from the sun. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Pertaining to the ecliptic; as, the ecliptic way. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Pertaining to an eclipse or to eclipses. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A great circle drawn on a terrestrial globe, making an angle of 23¡ 28' with the equator; - used for illustrating and solving astronomical problems. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The great circle which is the apparent path of the sun, or real path of the earth in the heavens during a year. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Pertaining to the darkening of a heavenly body. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. The line in which eclipses take place, the apparent path of the sun round the earth:-a great circle on the globe corresponding to the celestial ecliptic. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Pertaining to the ecliptic. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. The apparent path of the sun. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. That plane, passing through the center of the sun, which contains the or bit of the earth. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. The apparent path of the sun around the celestial sphere. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. Pertaining to or described by the ecliptic; pertaining to an eclipse. Ecliptic limits, the greatest distances at which the moon can be from her nodes, in order that an eclipse of the sun or moon may happen. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. A great circle of the sphere, supposed to be drawn through the middle of the zodiac, making an angle with the equinoctial of 23 Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. The apparent path of the sun in the heavens in a year-so called because an eclipse cannot take place unless the moon be in or near the ecliptic. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. Of eclipse; (n.) sun\'s apparent orbit. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  17. The circle on the great sphere along which the sun appears to move round the sphere in the course of a year ; its position is marked out in the heavens by the signs of the Zodiac. The earth's actual motion in her orbit - to which the sun's (apparent) proper motion is due - takes place in the plane of the E. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  18. n. An imaginary great circle of the sphere, which is the apparent path of the sun, or the real path of the earth: is soon from the sun;—a great circle on the terrestrial globe, answering to the celestial ecliptic. Cabinet Dictionary
  19. n. [Greek] Pertaining to, or described by, the ecliptic;—pertaining to an eclipse or to eclipses. Cabinet Dictionary

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