precess

verb
pre·​cess | \ prē-ˈses How to pronounce precess (audio) , ˈprē-ˌses How to pronounce precess (audio) \
precessed; precessing; precesses

Definition of precess

intransitive verb

: to progress with a movement of precession

transitive verb

: to cause to precess

Examples of precess in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After that time, if all goes well, the second stage will fire for a third time to send the Tesla on a precessing Earth-Mars elliptical orbit around the Sun. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of precess

1892, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for precess

back-formation from precession

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The first known use of precess was in 1892

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Cite this Entry

“Precess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/precess. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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