ecliptic

Part of speech: noun

That plane, passing through the center of the sun, which contains the or bit of the earth.

Part of speech: noun

The apparent path of the sun around the celestial sphere.

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Usage examples "ecliptic":

  1. It was thus seen that in 1690 the planet was situated in that part of the ecliptic where Flamsteed was at the same date making his observations. - "The Story of the Heavens", Robert Stawell Ball.
  2. That movement takes place in the ecliptic. - "The Story of the Heavens", Robert Stawell Ball.
  3. We coasted at a few thousand miles per second along the plane of the ecliptic while we took stock. - "Noble Redman", Jesse Franklin Bone.