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Definitions of equinoctial

  1. The equator of the sky; a storm at the season of equal day and night. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. A great circle in the heavens corresponding to the equator of the earth, so called because when the sun crosses it the days and nights are equal. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. A celestial circle corresponding to the equator. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. A severe storm occurring at or near the equinox. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. The equator. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. The celestial equator, so called because the sun traverses it at the time of the equinox. Equinoctial flowers, flowers that open at a regular stated hour. Equinoctial points, the two points where the ecliptic and the equater intersect each other. Equinoctial time, time reckoned from a fixed instant common to all the world. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. The great circle of the celestial concave which divides the heavens into the northern and southern hemispheres, and which derives its name from the phenomenon that at all places on the earth's surface beneath this circle, the nights are equal all the year round, being of the constant length of 12 hours, the sun setting at 6 P.M., and rising at 6 A.M.; the circle in the heavens which the sun appears to describe when the days and nights are of equal length. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  8. Equinoctially. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. relating to the vicinity of the equator Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. Pertaining to an equinox, or the equinoxes, or to the time of equal day and night; as, the equinoctial line. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Pertaining to the regions or climate of the equinoctial line or equator; in or near that line; as, equinoctial heat; an equinoctial sun. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Pertaining to the time when the sun enters the equinoctial points; as, an equinoctial gale or storm, that is, one happening at or near the time of the equinox, in any part of the world. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Pertaining to the equinox, or to the time of equal day or night. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. Pertaining to the equinoxes, the time of the equinoxes, or to the regions about the equator. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. Pertaining to the equinox. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. Occurring at or pertaining to the equinox. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Pertaining to the equinoxes, or to the regions or elimate in or near the equator, or to the time when the sun enters the equinoctial points. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. Making an equal length of day and night; occurring at the time of the equinoxes, as the equinoctial gales. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for equinoctial

  1. We passed the equinoctial on the 16th May, and got sight of the Cape of Good Hope on the 18th July. – A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. VIII. by Robert Kerr
  2. Here his squadron struck top- masts and lower yards, and rode out all the equinoctial gales, actually in the enemy's harbour, within a few miles of their whole fleet of four times his force, and in perfect safety! – Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez, Vol. I by Sir John Ross
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