nutation

noun
nu·ta·tion | \ nü-ˈtā-shən , nyü- \

Definition of nutation 

1 archaic : the act of nodding the head

2 : oscillatory movement of the axis of a rotating body (such as the earth) : wobble

3 : a spontaneous usually spiral movement of a growing plant part

Other words from nutation

nutational \nü-ˈtā-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl, nyü- \ adjective

First Known Use of nutation

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nutation

Latin nutation-, nutatio, from nutare to nod, rock — more at numen

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