celestial pole

noun

: 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 Starlings orient north from the celestial pole around which the stars turn. Jo Marchant, Wired, 1 Sep. 2020 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, 3 Aug. 2019 The continent stretched toward the celestial pole, after all. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of celestial pole was in 1848

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“Celestial pole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celestial%20pole. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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celestial pole

noun
: one of two points on the celestial sphere around which the daily rotation of the stars appears to take place

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