Definition of azimuth in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈazɪməθ/


1The direction of a celestial object from the observer, expressed as the angular distance from the north or south point of the horizon to the point at which a vertical circle passing through the object intersects the horizon.
Example sentences
  • However, the clusters involved neighboring tree crowns that were progressively shorter in height in directions opposite the solar azimuth.
  • The distance r is independent of the distant galaxy's azimuth around the axis of displacement.
  • The relative aspect is defined as the subject's aspect minus the solar azimuth.
1.1The horizontal angle or direction of a compass bearing.
Example sentences
  • This CEALETI-patented technology produces poles on each head with alignment and integrated azimuth angle.
  • As each shot was made - with the same camera, lens, and film type - I also noted the date and time and used a compass to find the direction in azimuth that the camera was pointing at the time the photo was taken.
  • Nest orientation was then recorded, relative to magnetic north, as the azimuth bisecting the nest opening.



Pronunciation: /azɪˈmjuːθ(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Did you ever stop to consider the interesting problem of shaping the depth of the bath along a radius to allow azimuthal propagating modes?
  • In theory, an analysis of flow direction can provide unique azimuthal directions.
  • These results indicate that in the force range 0-20 pN, the changes in azimuthal orientations of the DNA segments are roughly comparable to those for the polar angles.


Late Middle English (denoting the arc of a celestial circle from the zenith to the horizon): from Old French azimut, from Arabic as-samt, from al 'the' + samt 'way, direction'.

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