Entry from US English dictionary
plural noun[treated as singular]
The art of constructing and using dials and sundials.
- Guarini was therefore proficient in the French tradition of stone cutting using most difficult procedures, as well as gnomonics, or the study of sundials, devoting many published pages to each discipline.
- Although the Romans were backward in the science of gnomonics and slow to adopt any particular form of horologe, they eventually constructed many beautiful sundials of various designs.
- When one of them, the young Christopher Wren, went to Wadham in 1650, he was already interested in gnomonics.
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