noun (plural syzygies)
1 Astronomy A conjunction or opposition, especially of the moon with the sun: the planets were aligned in syzygy
More example sentences
- 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.
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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