semimajor axis

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semi·​ma·​jor axis | \ ˌse-mē-ˈmā-jər- How to pronounce semimajor axis (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi- \

Definition of semimajor axis

: one half of the major axis of an ellipse (such as that formed by the orbit of a planet)

First Known Use of semimajor axis

1818, in the meaning defined above

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“Semimajor axis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/semimajor%20axis. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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