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na·dir

 (nā′dər, -dîr′)
n.
1. Astronomy A point on the celestial sphere directly below the observer, diametrically opposite the zenith.
2. The lowest point: the nadir of their fortunes.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Arabic naẓīr (as-samt), opposite (the zenith), from naẓara, to see, watch; see nṯ̣r in Semitic roots.]

nadir

(ˈneɪdɪə; ˈnæ-)
n
1. (Astronomy) the point on the celestial sphere directly below an observer and diametrically opposite the zenith
2. the lowest or deepest point; depths: the nadir of despair.
[C14: from Old French, from Arabic nazīr as-samt, literally: opposite the zenith]

na•dir

(ˈneɪ dər, -dɪər)

n.
1. the point on the celestial sphere directly beneath a given position or observer and diametrically opposite the zenith.
2. the lowest point; point of greatest adversity or despair.
[1350–1400; Middle English « Arabic naẓīr over against, opposite to (the zenith)]
na′dir•al, adj.

na·dir

(nā′dər)
The point on the celestial sphere that is directly below the observer.
zenith, nadir - Zenith derived from Arabic samt ar-ras, "the way or road above one's head"; zenith technically is the point directly above the observer and nadir is the point directly below.
See also related terms for observer.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nadir - an extreme state of adversity; the lowest point of anything
adversity, hard knocks, hardship - a state of misfortune or affliction; "debt-ridden farmers struggling with adversity"; "a life of hardship"
2.nadir - the point below the observer that is directly opposite the zenith on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected
celestial point - a point in the heavens (on the celestial sphere)
celestial sphere, empyrean, firmament, heavens, vault of heaven, welkin, sphere - the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected
zenith - the point above the observer that is directly opposite the nadir on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected

nadir

noun bottom, depths, lowest point, rock bottom, all-time low That period was the nadir of his presidency.
top, summit, height, peak, climax, crest, high point, pinnacle, zenith, apex, acme
Translations
aallonpohjanadiiri

nadir

[ˈneɪdɪəʳ] N (Astron) → nadir m (fig) → punto m más bajo, nadir m

nadir

[ˈneɪdɪər ˈnædɪər] n
[career, history] → pire moment m
(ASTRONOMY)nadir m

nadir

n
(Astron) → Nadir m, → Fußpunkt m
(fig)Tiefstpunkt m; the nadir of despairtiefste Verzweiflung

nadir

[ˈneɪdɪəʳ] n (Astron) → nadir m (fig) → punto più basso
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He was fond of comparing himself to Mahomet's coffin, attracted in two different directions by two loadstones, and hesitating eternally between the heights and the depths, between the vault and the pavement, between fall and ascent, between zenith and nadir.
When we halted our shadows still pointed toward nadir. Whether an instant or an eternity of earthly time elapsed who may say.
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In the most illustrious lives as in the most obscure, in animals as in secretary-generals, there is a zenith and there is a nadir, a period when the fur is magnificent, the fortune dazzling.
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But the irresistible love of painting took over, Nadir transferred to the evening department of the medical institute and again returned to the art school.
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