• WordNet 3.6
    • n syzygy the straight line configuration of 3 celestial bodies (as the sun and earth and moon) in a gravitational system
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Syzygy is the term referring to when the moon is in a direct line with the earth and the sun. The average person knows this time to be a full or new moon.
    • Syzygy (Zoöl) Any one of the segments of an arm of a crinoid composed of two joints so closely united that the line of union is obliterated on the outer, though visible on the inner, side.
    • Syzygy (Gr. & L. Pros) The coupling together of different feet; as, in Greek verse, an iambic syzygy .
    • Syzygy (Zoöl) The immovable union of two joints of a crinoidal arm.
    • Syzygy The intimately united and apparently fused condition of certain low organisms during conjugation.
    • Syzygy (Astron) The point of an orbit, as of the moon or a planet, at which it is in conjunction or opposition; -- commonly used in the plural.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n syzygy In astronomy, the conjunction or opposition of a planet with the sun, or of any two of the heavenly bodies. On the phenomena and circumstances of the syzygies depends a great part of the lunar theory.
    • n syzygy In ancient prosody, a group or combination of two feet. Ancient metricians varied in their use of this term. Some use it regularly for a dipody or (dipodic) measure. Others call a tautopody, or double foot, a dipody, but a combination of two different feet a syzygy. Some, accordingly, giving the name syzygy to tetrasyllabic feet (regarded by them as composed of two dissyllabic feet), speak of an iambic or a trochaic line as measured by dipodies, but an Ionic line as measured by syzygies—that is, by single Ionics considered as combinations of trochees and pyrrhics. A peculiar use is the restriction of the term syzygy to compound feet of five or six syllables.
    • n syzygy In algebra, a linear function in the variables. See syzygetic.
    • n syzygy In zoology, the conjunction of two organs or organisms by close adhesion and partial concrescence, without loss of their identity; also, the thing so formed, or the resulting conformation; a syzygium: a term variously applied. Zygosis or conjugation, as observed in various protozoans and other low organisms. See conjugation, 4, Diplozoön, and diporpa.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Syzygy siz′i-ji the relative position of a planet (esp. the moon) when either in conjunction or in opposition with the sun: the period of new or full moon
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  • W.P. Kinsella
    W.P. Kinsella
    “Syzygy, inexorable, pancreatic, phantasmagoria --- anyone who can use those four words in one sentence will never have to do manual labor.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. syzygia, a joining together, conjunction, Gr. syzygi`a; sy`n with + zeygny`nai to join, zygo`n yoke: cf. F. syzygie,. See Yoke (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. syzygia, union.


In literature:

SYZYGY, the point on the orbit of a planet, or the moon when it is in conjunction with, or in opposition to, the sun.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Of the two lower Syzygies, or Lower Quaternary of the Aeons, we have no details from the Fathers.
"Simon Magus" by George Robert Stow Mead
Admire also the syzygy of those orbs.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 3, January 19, 1884." by Various
The spring tides occur at the syzygies: the neap tides at the quadratures.
"Letters on Astronomy" by Denison Olmsted

In news:

Hurricane Syzygy & Superluminous Supernovae -The Countdown, Episode 8.
Hurricane Syzygy , Ancient Starlight, Vesta Mystery, Superluminous Supernovae & 'Hawaiian' Soil on Mars.
Syzygy Biotech is a protein factory.
This kind of alignment of astronomical objects is called a syzygy and sailors have understood the effect for centuries.
Poet, lady journalists find SYZYGY at smorgasbord.
Jim Berkland, our local geologist, earthquake predictor and poet, stopped by Creekbottom House last week to share his latest SYZYGY, an earthquake newsletter.
Syzygy- Playing Tin Roof 2 11/09 at 7pm.

In science:

Then the kth syzygies of rank k + 2 are called scrollar syzygies.
Geometric Syzygies of Mukai Varieties and General Canonical Curves with Genus at most 8
Scrollar syzygies are the easiest example of the geometric syzygies constructed by Green and Lazarsfeld in [GL84].
Geometric Syzygies of Mukai Varieties and General Canonical Curves with Genus at most 8
For special canonical curves it is important to consider the non reduced scheme structure on the space of scrollar syzygies as can be seen in the case of a curve of genus 6 with only one g1 5 [AH81, p. 174].
Geometric Syzygies of Mukai Varieties and General Canonical Curves with Genus at most 8
Also there are geometric kth-syzygies in the sense of Green and Lazarsfeld [GL84] which are not of rank k + 2.
Geometric Syzygies of Mukai Varieties and General Canonical Curves with Genus at most 8
Then all minimal rank syzygies are scrollar.
Geometric Syzygies of Mukai Varieties and General Canonical Curves with Genus at most 8