hour circle

noun

: a circle on the celestial sphere that passes through both celestial poles

Examples of hour circle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But all of the watches will keep exacting time, and display it on a Roman numeral hour circle and an Arabic numeral minute track on a silvered disk. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 20 July 2022 Instead of storming the stores or spending hours circling some parking garage, everyone would take a long winter’s nap. Chris Erskine, latimes.com, 1 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1690, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hour circle was in 1690

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“Hour circle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hour%20circle. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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