declination

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English declinacioun, borrowed from Middle French declination, from Latin declinatio. Doublet of declension

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌdɛklɪˈneɪʃən/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

Noun[edit]

declination (countable and uncountable, plural declinations)

  1. At a given point, the angle between magnetic north and true north.
  2. At a given point, the angle between the line connecting this point with the geographical center of the earth and the equatorial plane.
  3. A refusal.
    • (Can we date this quote by Stow and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      the queen's declination from marriage
  4. (grammar, obsolete) Declension.
  5. (archaic) The act or state of bending downward; inclination.
    declination of the head
  6. (archaic) The act or state of falling off or declining from excellence or perfection; deterioration; decay; decline.
    • (Can we date this quote by Francis Bacon and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      the declination of monarchy
    • (Can we date this quote by Waller and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Summer [] is not looked on as a time of declination or decay.
  7. (archaic) Deviation.
    • (Can we date this quote by Bentley and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      the declination of atoms in their descent
    • (Can we date this quote by South and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      every declination and violation of the rules

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