an·​nu·​lar | \ ˈan-yə-lər How to pronounce annular (audio) \

Definition of annular

: of, relating to, or forming a ring an annular skin lesion

Examples of annular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An annular solar eclipse will be coming on Oct. 14, 2023. Leigh Morgan,, "Want to see a Category 4 hurricane and total solar eclipse at the same time?," 2 July 2019 The United States will also see an annular solar eclipse on Oct. 14, 2023 — just six months before the 2024 total eclipse. Justin Grieser, Washington Post, "Missed the solar eclipse? You won’t have to wait too long for the next one.," 23 Aug. 2017 Our last partial eclipse was Oct 23, 2014; the biggest one in recent memory is the May 10, 1994 annular eclipse (annular as in annulus = ring). Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Retro Eclipse: When day turned to night and back again," 18 Aug. 2017 Smaller annular eclipses — in which the moon is closer to the sun so does not blot it out completely — have also occurred, with the most recent being in 2012. Marco Santana,, "Central Floridians eagerly await eclipse," 18 Aug. 2017 In this May 20, 2012, file photo, the annular solar eclipse is seen as the sun sets behind the Rocky Mountains from downtown Denver. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "How will you know if the total eclipse damaged your eyes? Here are symptoms.," 16 Aug. 2017 Some central eclipses are total and others annular because the moon’s distance from Earth changes. Michael E. Bakich, Discover Magazine, "Solar Eclipse Geometry," 7 Aug. 2017 Partial, total and annular eclipses can be viewed every so often depending on one's geographic location on Earth, but next month will be the first time in 99 years that the United States will experience a coast-to-coast total solar eclipse. Special To,, "Here's how to make the most of August's solar eclipse in Northeast Ohio: Morgan Paskert," 9 July 2017 May 30, 1984 - An annular eclipse that crossed over North Carolina. The Washington Post,, "A lifelong eclipse chaser's promise to America: 'You will never be the same'," 17 July 2017

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First Known Use of annular

1571, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for annular

Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French annulaire, from Medieval Latin anularis, from Latin anulus

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The first known use of annular was in 1571

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“Annular.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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an·​nu·​lar | \ ˈan-yə-lər How to pronounce annular (audio) \

Medical Definition of annular

: of, relating to, or forming a ring the annular diaphragm of a microscope

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