celestial pole

noun

Definition of celestial pole

: either of the two points on the celestial sphere around which the diurnal rotation of the stars appears to take place

Examples of celestial pole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The concept of a celestial pole, that a direct connection between heaven and Earth existed at the North Pole, led to a useful innovation as well. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "In ‘North Pole: Nature and Culture,’ grappling with a place beyond time and measure," 3 Aug. 2019 The continent stretched toward the celestial pole, after all. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "In ‘North Pole: Nature and Culture,’ grappling with a place beyond time and measure," 3 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of celestial pole

1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Celestial pole.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celestial%20pole. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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