azimuth

noun az·i·muth \ ˈaz-məth , ˈa-zə- \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of azimuth

1 : an arc of the horizon measured between a fixed point (such 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 (such as the observer's heading) and the direction of the object

azimuthal

play \ˌa-zə-ˈmə-thəl\ adjective

azimuthally

play \-ˈmə-thə-lē\ adverb

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Origin and Etymology of azimuth

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


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