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dec·li·na·tion

 (dĕk′lə-nā′shən)
n.
1. A sloping or bending downward.
2. A falling off, especially from prosperity or vigor; a decline.
3. A deviation, as from a specific direction or standard.
4. A refusal to accept.
6. Astronomy The angular distance to a point on a celestial object, measured north (in positive degrees) or south (in negative degrees) from the celestial equator.

[Middle English declinacioun, from Old French declination, from Latin dēclīnātiō, dēclīnātiōn-, from dēclīnātus, past participle of dēclīnāre, to turn away; see decline.]

dec′li·na′tion·al adj.

declination

(ˌdɛklɪˈneɪʃən)
n
1. (Astronomy) astronomy the angular distance, esp in degrees, of a star, planet, etc, from the celestial equator measured north (positive) or south (negative) along the great circle passing through the celestial poles and the body. Symbol: δ Compare: right ascension
2. (Navigation) See magnetic declination
3. a refusal, esp a courteous or formal one
ˌdecliˈnational adj

dec•li•na•tion

(ˌdɛk ləˈneɪ ʃən)

n.
1. a bending, sloping, or moving downward.
2. deterioration.
3. deviation, as from a standard.
4. a polite refusal.
5. the angular distance of a heavenly body from the celestial equator, measured on the great circle passing through the celestial pole and the body.
[1350–1400; declinacioun < Old French declinacion < Latin dēclīnātiō <dēclīnā(re) (see decline)]

dec·li·na·tion

(dĕk′lə-nā′shən)
The position of a celestial object above or below the celestial equator. It is measured as a vertical angle, from 0° at the celestial equator to 90° at one of the celestial poles. Declination and right ascension are the measurements used to map objects on the celestial sphere. See more at celestial sphere, See magnetic declination.

declination

The angular distance to a body on the celestial sphere measured north or south through 90 degrees from the celestial equator along the hour circle of the body. Comparable to latitude on the terrestrial sphere. See also magnetic declination; magnetic variation.

declination

A star’s angular distance in degrees N or S of the celestial equator. Equivalent to the Earth’s latitude.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.declination - a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
disuse, neglect - the state of something that has been unused and neglected; "the house was in a terrible state of neglect"
twilight - a condition of decline following successes; "in the twilight of the empire"
wreck - something or someone that has suffered ruin or dilapidation; "the house was a wreck when they bought it"; "thanks to that quack I am a human wreck"
2.declination - a downward slope or bend
downhill - the downward slope of a hill
incline, slope, side - an elevated geological formation; "he climbed the steep slope"; "the house was built on the side of a mountain"
steep - a steep place (as on a hill)
3.declination - (astronomy) the angular distance of a celestial body north or to the south of the celestial equator; expressed in degrees; used with right ascension to specify positions on the celestial sphere
astronomy, uranology - the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole
angular distance - the angular separation between two objects as perceived by an observer; "he recorded angular distances between the stars"
4.declination - a polite refusal of an invitation
acknowledgement, acknowledgment - a statement acknowledging something or someone; "she must have seen him but she gave no sign of acknowledgment"; "the preface contained an acknowledgment of those who had helped her"
refusal - a message refusing to accept something that is offered

declination

noun
1. Descent to a lower level or condition:
2. A marked loss of strength or effectiveness:
Translations

dec·li·na·tion

n. declinación.
1. rotación del ojo;
2. declive, descenso.
References in classic literature ?
I knew two, that were competitors for the secretary's place in Queen Elizabeth's time, and yet kept good quarter between themselves; and would confer, one with another, upon the business; and the one of them said, That to be a secretary, in the declination of a monarchy, was a ticklish thing, and that he did not affect it: the other straight caught up those words, and discoursed with divers of his friends, that he had no reason to desire to be secretary, in the declination of a monarchy.
The sun rose in the undoubted east and set in the undoubted west, corrected and proved, of course, by declination, deviation, and variation; and the nightly march of the stars and constellations proceeded across the sky.
But, in order that the moon should reach the zenith of a given place, it is necessary that the place should not exceed in latitude the declination of the luminary; in other words, it must be comprised within the degrees 0@ and 28@ of lat.
The sun, going into northern declination, was straight overhead.
And these seem chiefly to be two, as they say, of the winds: namely, the north and the south; and all the others are declinations from these.
The purpose of this consultation is to conclude a framework agreement to establish the terms governing the contracts to be concluded on its basis, Referred to as "subsequent contracts", For graphic design, Adaptation, Declination and updating documents and print and digital communication media from the alsace-champagne-ardenne-lorraine region.
The calibration routine will issue a series of move commands in right ascension and declination and then re-center the guide star.
The way they do it remains a mystery, but the birds can use declination to work out their equivalent of longitude, the researchers found.
Airflow conservation then invites vocal tract shapes that increase inertance, and therewith maximum flow declination rate, so that acoustic output power is increased.
This sundial also has two intermediate declination lines between the solstices and equinoxes, but the hour lines are no longer parallel because the sundial plane is not parallel to the Earth's rotation axis.
This reduction of energy consumption can be achieved, if the pump proportional pressure control is applied in comparison with the constant differential pressure control mode and the declination of pump proportional pressure control curves is up to 90% from the duty point head value.
According to reports, in its declination to ASELSAN Merrill Lynch said ASELSAN is one of the companies included in Turkey's defense deal with China and that the Chinese company is blacklisted for its involvement in illicit money and terrorism.