the point above the observer that is directly opposite the nadir on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected
The point in the sky vertically above a given position or observer; the point in the celestial sphere opposite the nadir.
The highest point in the sky reached by a celestial body.
Highest point or state; peak.
Origin: From senith, from cinit, from cenit and/or cenit, a transliteration of سمت which is in itself a weak abbreviation of سمت الرأس.
that point in the visible celestial hemisphere which is vertical to the spectator; the point of the heavens directly overhead; -- opposed to nadir
hence, figuratively, the point of culmination; the greatest height; the height of success or prosperity
Origin: [OE. senyth, OF. cenith, F. znith, Sp. zenit, cenit, abbrev. fr. Ar. samt-urras way of the head, vertical place; samt way, path + al the + ras head. Cf. Azimuth.]
The zenith is an imaginary point directly "above" a particular location, on the imaginary celestial sphere. "Above" means in the vertical direction opposite to the apparent gravitational force at that location. The opposite direction, i.e. the direction in which gravity pulls, is toward the nadir.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
zen′ith, n. that point of the heavens which is exactly overhead—i.e. in line with the spectator's position and the centre of the earth (it is thus the upper pole of the spectator's horizon, as the nadir is the under pole): greatest height, summit of ambition, &c.—adj. Zen′ithal.—ns. Zen′ith-dis′tance, the angular distance of a heavenly body from the zenith; Zen′ith-sec′tor, an instrument for measuring zenith-distances. [Fr., through Sp. zenit, from Ar. samt, short for samt-ur-ras, lit. 'way of the head.']
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
name of Arab origin given to the point of the heaven directly overhead, being as it were the pole of the horizon, the opposite point directly under foot being called the Nadir, a word of similar origin; the imaginary line connecting the two passes through the centre of the earth.
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The numerical value of Zenith in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of Zenith in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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- ذروة, سَمْتArabic
- nadhlavník, zenitCzech
- cenit, apogeoSpanish
- huippukohta, huipennus, zeniitti, kohokohta, lakipiste, huippuFinnish
- bàrrScottish Gaelic
- apice, zenit, culmineItalian
- 天頂, 頂点, 絶頂Japanese
- zenith capitisLatin
- zenit, apogeumPolish
- zénite, cume, topoPortuguese
- зенит, расцветRussian
- zenit, зенит, tjemeništeSerbo-Croatian
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