Definition of azimuth
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 : 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
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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