nutation

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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

nutational

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

Origin and Etymology of nutation

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


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