setting circle

noun

: a graduated scale or wheel on the mounting of an equatorial telescope for indicating right ascension or declination

Examples of setting circle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s sparkling lights, wreaths, a Santa welcome mat, personalized stockings hanging on her fireplace mantle, and a train set circling a beautiful tree covered in ornaments and lights. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, 6 Dec. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of setting circle was in 1869

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“Setting circle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/setting%20circle. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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