anti–sunward

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adverb an·ti–sun·ward \¦an-tī-¦sən-wərd, ¦an-tē-\
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antisunward

Definition of anti–sunward

astronomy

  1. :  away from the sun :  in the direction of the anthelion The most prominent optical feature of C/LINEAR was the tail of dust extending antisunward of the predicted position of the nucleus, which is also nearly due east. — H. A. Weaver et al., Science, 18 May 2001

anti–sunward

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antisunward

adjective These forces accelerate the ions rapidly in the anti-sunward direction, producing the narrow tails often seen in comets. — Daniel Boice et al., Encyclopedia of the Solar System, 1999

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Origin and Etymology of anti–sunward

antisun + 2-ward


First Known Use: 1974


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