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Azimuth

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A'zimuth. n.s. [Arab.]

  1. The azimuth of the sun, or of a star, is an arch between the meridian of the place and any given vertical line.

  2. Magnetical azimuth, is an arch of the horizon contained between the sun's azimuth circle and the magnetic meridian; or it is the apparent distance of the sun from the north or south point of the compass.

  3. Azimuth Compass, is an instrument used at sea for finding the sun's magnetical azimuth.

  4. Azimuth Dial, is a dial whose style or gnomon is at right angles to the plane of the horizon.

  5. Azimuths, called also vertical circles, are great circles intersecting each other in the zenith and nadir, and cutting the horizon at right angles, in all the points thereof. Chambers

Sources: Chambers, Ephraim (20)

Attributes: Arabic (6) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Azimuth." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 22, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=1982.


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