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  • noun Plural form of gnomon.


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  • A globe bearing some resemblance to the above, but made of metal and marked with eight or ten hexagonal dials painted on the metal, and with curiously pierced gnomons, is at present in the possession of Messrs. Barker and Son, Clerkenwell Road.

    The Book of Sun-Dials 1900

  • Another very elaborate dial, bearing thirty-three gnomons, is at

    The Book of Sun-Dials 1900

  • These fourth teeth are termed the gnomons or age-indicators.

    The History of Animals 2002

  • The Greeks had clepsydræ and the Romans gnomons, portable and ring-shaped, besides large standing town-dials as at Aquileja and San Sabba near Trieste.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night 2006

  • For the gnomons of dials are instruments and measures of time, not in being moved with the shadows, but in standing still; they being like the earth in closing out the light of the sun when it is down, — as

    Essays and Miscellanies 2004

  • If the gnomons are placed round the one, and without the one, in the one construction the figure that results is always different, in the other it is always the same.

    Physics Aristotle 2002

  • No doubt because the frost of these latter ages entering the tunnel below had heaved its foundation, it had slipped sidewise until it stood at such an angle that it might have been one of its own gnomons, drawing the silent passage of the short winter day across the unmarked snow.

    The Shadow of the Torturer Wolfe, Gene 1980

  • For it is from this revolution of the firmament, from the course of the sun through the signs in the opposite direction, and from the shadows cast by equinoctial gnomons, that we find the figure of the analemma.

    The Ten Books on Architecture Vitruvius Pollio

  • In Athens, the shadow is equal to three fourths of the length of the gnomon; at Rhodes to five sevenths; at Tarentum, to nine elevenths; at Alexandria, to three fifths; and so at other places it is found that the shadows of equinoctial gnomons are naturally different from one another.

    The Ten Books on Architecture Vitruvius Pollio

  • From the series of gnomons for squares we easily deduce a formula for finding square numbers which are the sum of two squares.

    The Legacy of Greece Essays By: Gilbert Murray, W. R. Inge, J. Burnet, Sir T. L. Heath, D'arcy W. Thompson, Charles Singer, R. W. Livingston, A. Toynbee, A. E. Zimmern, Percy Gardner, Sir Reginald Blomfield Various


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