almanac

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n almanac an annual publication containing tabular information in a particular field or fields arranged according to the calendar of a given year
    • n almanac an annual publication including weather forecasts and other miscellaneous information arranged according to the calendar of a given year
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: American astronomer, mathematician, clock-maker, surveyor and almanac editor Benjamin Banneker has been called the "first black man of science." Banneker took part in the original survey of Washington, DC. His almanac was published 1792 to 1797.
    • n Almanac A book or table, containing a calendar of days, and months, to which astronomical data and various statistics are often added, such as the times of the rising and setting of the sun and moon, eclipses, hours of full tide, stated festivals of churches, terms of courts, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n almanac A yearly calendar showing the correspondence between the days of the week and the days of the month, the rising and setting of the sun and moon, the changes of the moon and of the tides, and other astronomical data, and usually also the ecclesiastical fasts and feasts, chronological information, etc. Many annual publications called almanacs are largely extended by the insertion of historical, political, statistical, and other current information, as supplemental to the calendar.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Almanac al′ma-nak a register of the days, weeks, and months of the year, &c
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. almanac, almanach,: cf. F. almanach, Sp. almanaque, It. almanacco, all of uncertain origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Most prob. the original of the word as in Fr., It., and Sp. was a Spanish-Arabic al-manākh. Eusebius has almenichiaka, an Egyptian word, prob. sig. 'daily observation of things,' but the history of the word has not been traced, and it is hazardous without evidence to connect this with the Arabic word.

Usage

In literature:

If, besides the Directory, an Almanac, old or new, is to be had, the analysis may be conducted on a greatly widened basis.
"The Book-Hunter" by John Hill Burton
Dey let de colored preachers preach but dey give 'em almanacs to preach out of.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
When I came back again, the pie was again in the cupboard and the boarder still studying the almanac.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
AN ALMANAC OF TWELVE SPORTS FOR 1898.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
A history of Paris out of the almanac will answer the purpose, I guess.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
I could as soon compose an almanac as and a clue to this puzzle.
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor" by Stephen Cullen Carpenter
In the "American Almanac" for 1837 was published the earliest statistical account of American libraries which I have found.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
He is a good maker of almanacs, but no good judge of the weather.
"The Writings of James Russell Lowell in Prose and Poetry, Volume V" by James Russell Lowell
Almanacs for popular use, offer a means much used in France for the propagation of political, social and religious doctrines.
"The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 2, January, 1851" by Various
The town fathers evidently lit the street lights only when the almanac said there was to be no moon.
"Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies" by Alice B. Emerson
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In poetry:

'Good heavens! but now 'twas winter gray,
And I of years had more than plenty;
The almanac's a fool! 'Tis May!
Hang family Bibles! I am twenty!
"Arcadia Rediviva" by James Russell Lowell
No, this is January, dear,
The almanac's untrue;
For roaring Boreas, 'tis clear,
In sleet and snow and atmosphere,
Will be the monarch of the year,
And terror, too.
"Is It April?" by Hattie Howard
A health to our future--a sigh for our past,
We love, we remember, we hope to the last;
And for all the base lies that the almanacs hold,
While we've youth in our hearts we can never grow old!
"Our Indian Summer" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
HAS there any old fellow got mixed with the boys?
If there has, take him out, without making a noise.
Hang the Almanac's cheat and the Catalogue's spite!
Old Time is a liar! We're twenty to-night!
"The Boys" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The sheffoneer we saved 'to buy, the clock upon the wall,
The pictures an' the almanac, the china dogs an' all,
I've thought about it many a time, my little 'ome complete,
When in Flanders, far away from 'Enry Street.
"The Convalescent" by Cicely Fox Smith
I don't p'tend to learnin', but I'll tell you what's a fac',
They's a mighty truthful sayin' somers in a' almanac--
Er SOMERS--'bout "puore happiness"--perhaps some folks'll laugh
At the idy--"only lastin' jest two seconds and a half."--
"Farmer Whipple--Bachelor" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Almanac sees mixed bag for Aspen winter forecast.
Gifts to the Almanac's Holiday Fund help the Second Harvest Food Bank and nine other community organizations.
The Writer's Almanac, hosted by Garrison Keillor, can be heard each day on public radio stations throughout the country.
The Writer's Almanac educates, entertains and inspires listeners with brief facts and poetry related to each day's date.
Like the Farmers Almanac, the staffs of the public works departments in Farmington and Farmington Hills know it is on the way and are prepared.
Nancy's Almanac, Nov 29, 2012: Why so warm.
The Almanac reports that the Philomena crew filmed in DC at the Lincoln Memorial before moving to the St Paul Community Church in Poolesville.
If you have questions about caring for your garden , write: Jim Chatfield, Plant Lovers' Almanac, Ohio State University Extension, 1680 Madison Ave, Wooster, OH 44691.
(CBS News) And now a page from our Sunday Morning Almanac: October 21st, 1959 53 years ago today a head-spinning day for art lovers.
"The World Almanac for Kids" chronicles the most notable people, places and events of 2012 aimed at young readers.
Jeremy Farbman For The Almanac writer@thealmanac.net.
Almanac Q&A: Jane Fonda on life, longevity and activism.
A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold .
Rediscovering the Author of A Sand County Almanac.
His book, A Sand County Almanac (1949), is an environmental classic.
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In science:

Williams, Orbital ephemerides of the sun, moon, and planets, Explanatory Supplement to the American Ephemeris and Nautical Almanac, P. K.
Experimental Tests of General Relativity
Yeomans, Orbital ephemerides of the sun, moon, and planets, Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac, P. K.
Experimental Tests of General Relativity
Keywords : Experimental studies of gravity; Ephemerides, almanacs, and calendars; Lunar, planetary, and deep-space probes.
"Imprinting" in General Relativity Tests?
The proposed decoupling poses a special challenge to providing future data in software and almanacs that are a function of the rotational angle of the Earth.
The Colloquium on Decoupling Civil Timekeeping from Earth Rotation
Almanacs such as also provide accurate values and formulas.
The sun's position in the sky
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