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azimuth

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noun az·i·muth \ˈaz-məth, ˈa-zə-\

Definition of azimuth

  1. 1 :  an arc of the horizon measured between a fixed point (as true north) and the vertical circle passing through the center of an object usually in astronomy and navigation clockwise from the north point through 360 degrees

  2. 2 :  horizontal direction expressed as the angular distance between the direction of a fixed point (as the observer's heading) and the direction of the object

azimuthalplay \ˌa-zə-ˈmə-thəl\ adjective
azimuthallyplay \-ˈmə-thə-lē\ adverb


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Origin of azimuth

Middle English, from Medieval Latin azimut, from Arabic al-sumūt the azimuth, plural of al-samt the way


First Known Use: 14th century


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