from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Astronomy A band of the celestial sphere extending about 8° to either side of the ecliptic that represents the path of the principal planets, the moon, and the sun.
- n. In astrology, this band divided into 12 equal parts called signs, each 30° wide, bearing the name of a constellation for which it was originally named but with which it no longer coincides owing to the precession of the equinoxes.
- n. A diagram or figure representing the zodiac.
- n. A complete circuit; a circle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The belt-like region of the celestial sphere approximately eight degrees north and south of the ecliptic, which thousands of years ago included the apparent path of the sun, moon, and planets.
- n. The twelve equal divisions of the astrological zodiacal region into signs, or houses, of the zodiac, each sign named after a constellation in this region.
- n. The belt-like region of the celestial sphere corresponding to the apparent path of the sun over the course of a year, the ecliptic.
- n. A circle decorated with the signs of the zodiac.
- n. Any of various astrological systems considered similar to the above.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An imaginary belt in the heavens, 16° or 18° broad, in the middle of which is the ecliptic, or sun's path. It comprises the twelve constellations, which one constituted, and from which were named, the twelve signs of the zodiac.
- n. A figure representing the signs, symbols, and constellations of the zodiac.
- n. A girdle; a belt.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Of the moon or of a planet, the belt of the heavens within which the moon or a planet moves.
- n. A belt of twelve constellations, extending about 8° on each side of the ecliptic.
- n. Figuratively, a round or circuit; a zone; a complete course.
- n. In heraldry, a bearing representing a part of the imaginary zodiacal circle, forming an arched bend or bend sinister, and with several of the signs upon it, the number being specified in the blazon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (astrology) a circular diagram representing the 12 zodiacal constellations and showing their signs
- n. a belt-shaped region in the heavens on either side to the ecliptic; divided into 12 constellations or signs for astrological purposes
The zodiac is a useful Jungian shorthand, if not a divine predictor of behavior; and courtesy of arbitrary coincidence or heavenly mandate, I'm a sterling example of a Leo personality - for all the good and bad that comes with it.
That, now, is what old Bowditch in his Epitome calls the zodiac, and what my almanac below calls ditto.
That, now, is what old Bowditch in his Epitome calls the zodiac, and what my almanack below calls ditto.
Zlotnick said the sidereal zodiac, which isn't as widely used, IS based on the constellations.
The annual, perceived movement of the zodiac is the basis of the calendar and we have archeo-astronomical evidence of dial timekeeping going back well into the neolithic and even earlier.
In astronomy, the zodiac is the ring of constellations that lines the ecliptic, which is the apparent path of the Sun across the sky over the course of the …
In astrology, the four strongest degrees of the zodiac are the first degree of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.
The zodiac is the belt through which the sun, moon, and planets rotate around the earth in a geocentric scheme.
The zodiac is the baseline of the three dimensional model of our cosmic sphere.
In the same ways that a prism reflects light through its various facets, each degree of the zodiac is an aspect of the divine.