Word of the Day

Moon’s place

Astronomical: The actual position of the Moon within the constellations on the celestial sphere. Astrological: The astrological position of the Moon within the zodiac according to calculations made more than 2,000 years ago. Because of precession of the equinoxes and other factors, this is not the Moon’s actual position in the sky.

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    Dewpoint temperature

    The temperature to which a given parcel of air must be cooled before it becomes saturated; the temperature of an object when dew first forms on it.

    Nipper

    A fore tooth of a horse. The nippers are four in number.

    Plough Monday

    The first Monday after Epiphany and Plough Sunday was so called because it was the day that men returned to their plough, or daily work, at the end of the Christmas holiday. It was customary for farm laborers to draw a plough through the village, soliciting money for a "plough-light," which was kept burning in the parish church all year. In some areas, the custom of blessing the plough is maintained.

    Apogee

    The point in the Moon’s orbit that is farthest from Earth.

    Shanty

    A small crude shelter used as a dwelling. A rhythmical work song originally sung by sailors.

    Argy-bargy

    A verbal dispute; a wrangling argument.

    Solstice

    Summer: The Sun reaches its greatest declination (231⁄2°) north of the celestial equator. Winter: The Sun reaches its greatest declination (231⁄2°) south of the celestial equator.

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