Definition of zenith in English:


Line breaks: zen¦ith
Pronunciation: /ˈzɛnɪθ


  • 2 Astronomy The point in the sky or celestial sphere directly above an observer. The opposite of nadir.
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    • These objects reversed direction several times but maintained position in the sky more or less at the zenith.
    • The center of the map is the zenith, the point in the sky directly overhead.
    • The method needs data collected from two satellites, one close to zenith and the other in the direction of horizon.
  • 2.1The highest point reached by a given celestial object: the sun was well past the zenith
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    • The whole affair was a very easygoing business; people kept eating and drinking, and, when the sun reached the zenith, they fell into a snooze where they sat.
    • The two-hour delay in starting that morning began to take on increasing significance as the sun reached its zenith without disclosing Petersburg on the horizon.
    • Once the sun reached its zenith, it was too hot to even move, let alone travel.





late Middle English: from Old French or medieval Latin cenit, based on Arabic samt (ar-ra's) 'path (over the head)'.

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