Definitions for astrolabeˈæs trəˌleɪb

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

as•tro•labeˈæs trəˌleɪb(n.)

  1. a medieval instrument used to determine the position of the sun or stars.

    Category: Astronomy

Origin of astrolabe:

1325–75; ME, var. of astrolabie < ML astrolabium < LGk astrolábion, Gk astrolábos=astro-astro-+-labos to seize

as`tro•lab′i•cal-ˈlæb ɪ kəl, -ˈleɪ bɪ-(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. astrolabe(noun)

    an early form of sextant

Wiktionary

  1. astrolabe(Noun)

    An astronomical and navigational instrument for gauging the altitude of the Sun and stars.

  2. Origin: astrolabe, astrelabe, from ἀστρολάβος, from ἄστρον + λαμβάνω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Astrolabe(noun)

    an instrument for observing or showing the positions of the stars. It is now disused

  2. Astrolabe(noun)

    a stereographic projection of the sphere on the plane of a great circle, as the equator, or a meridian; a planisphere

Freebase

  1. Astrolabe

    An astrolabe is an elaborate inclinometer, historically used by astronomers, navigators, and astrologers. Its many uses include locating and predicting the positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars, determining local time given local latitude and vice-versa, surveying, triangulation, and to cast horoscopes. It was used in classical antiquity, the Islamic Golden Age, the European Middle Ages and Renaissance for all these purposes. In the Islamic world, it was also used to calculate the Qibla and to find the times for Salah, prayers. There is often confusion between the astrolabe and the mariner's astrolabe. While the astrolabe could be useful for determining latitude on land, it was an awkward instrument for use on the heaving deck of a ship or in wind. The mariner's astrolabe was developed to address these issues. In more recent times, people from England have confused these for Aeroplanes.

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