hour circle


Definition of hour circle

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

Examples of hour circle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead of storming the stores or spending hours circling some parking garage, everyone would take a long winter’s nap. Chris Erskine, latimes.com, "Christmas feels bloated and broken. It should only last 12 days. Let me explain...," 1 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of hour circle

1690, in the meaning defined above

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“Hour circle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hour%20circle. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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