Definition of syzygy in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪzɪdʒi

noun (plural syzygies)

  • 1 Astronomy A conjunction or opposition, especially of the moon with the sun: the planets were aligned in syzygy
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    • The Moon may be said to be in syzygy when it is at either of these points.
    • In case you didn't know, Earth, the Moon, and the Sun are in syzygy every time they line up in space.
    • Once more, I was looking at a three-dimensional picture of the solar system during the syzygy, but this was much further along in time.
  • 2A pair of connected or corresponding things.
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    • She is not one-in-herself, but acts as a female counterpart or syzygy to some male.


early 17th century: via late Latin from Greek suzugia, from suzugos 'yoked, paired', from sun- 'with, together' + the stem of zeugnunai 'to yoke'.

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