armillary

Definitions

  • The Gottorp Armillary Sphere, 1657
    The Gottorp Armillary Sphere, 1657
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj armillary of or relating to bracelets
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Ancient Mongolian Armillary Sphere, ca. 1274 Ancient Mongolian Armillary Sphere, ca. 1274
Armillary Sphere of Jean Fortin, 1780 Armillary Sphere of Jean Fortin, 1780

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Armillary Pertaining to, or resembling, a bracelet or ring; consisting of rings or circles.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • armillary Resembling a bracelet or armilla; consisting of rings or circles.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Armillary är′mil-lar-i or är-mil′lar-i resembling an armlet or bracelet: consisting of rings or circles
    • adj Armillary är′mil-lar-i or är-mil′lar-i, resembling an armlet or bracelet: consisting of rings or circles
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. armillarius, fr. L. armilla, arm ring, bracelet, fr. armus, arm: cf. F. armillaire,. See Arm (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. armilla, an armlet. See Arm (1).

Usage

In literature:

The province of the armillary sphere was to make these measurements extremely accurate.
"A History of Science, Volume 1(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
At the top, the drip-mould grows into a large trefoil with crockets outside and an armillary sphere within.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
When several rings or circles were combined representing the great circles of the heavens, the instrument became an armillary sphere.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 5" by Various
An armillary sphere, in bronze, supported by three lions.
"Annals of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, A.D. 1598-A.D. 1867" by William Dunn Macray
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In news:

Modeled after an old astronomical instrument of the same name, the Large Armillary lamp from Frederick Cooper has a solid brass body finished in Old World Bronze.
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In science:

The astrolabe, of course, but also the nocturnal, armillary spheres, cross staff, quadrant, dioptra, and (on p. 193) that funny-looking star-burst on a stick that old astronomers (we mean 15th century or something, not ourselves) are sometimes shown holding.
Astrophysics in 2006
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