synodic month


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synodic month

synodic month

n
(Units) See month6

month

(mʌnθ)

n.
1. any of the 12 parts, as January or May, into which the calendar year is divided.
2. the time from any day of one calendar month to the corresponding day of the next.
3. a period of four weeks or 30 days.
4.
a. Also called solar month. one-twelfth of a solar year.
b. Also called lunar month. the period of a complete revolution of the moon around the earth, as between successive new moons (synodic month), or between successive conjunctions with a star (sidereal month).
5. months, an indefinitely long period of time: I haven't seen him for months.
Idioms:
a month of Sundays, an indeterminately great length of time.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English mōnath; c. Old Frisian mōnath, Old High German mānōd, (German Monat), Old Norse mānathr, Gothic mēnōths. See moon]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.synodic month - the period between successive new moons (29.531 days)
lunar year - a period of 12 lunar months
month - a time unit of approximately 30 days; "he was given a month to pay the bill"
References in periodicals archive ?
The angle from which the Sun illuminates the Moon is constantly changing, so the Moon goes through a cycle of phases of shadow every 29.53 days (synodic month).
The time between successive new moons is the mean synodic month, which lasts 29.530588853 days, unfortunately.
The length of the lunar month ranges from 27.21222 to 29.53059 days (synodic month), on average.
Which celestial body takes 29.5 days to complete a cycle of phases known as the synodic month?
where [T.sub.0] = 27.32 days, and the synodic month is given by the relation