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ˈɑr məˌlɛr i, ɑrˈmɪl ə riarmil·la·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. armillaryadjective

    of or relating to bracelets


  1. armillaryadjective

    Resembling a bracelet or armilla; consisting of rings or circles.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Armillaryadjective

    Resembling a bracelet.

    Etymology: from armilla, Lat. a bracelet.

    When the circles of the mundane sphere are supposed to be described on the convex surface of a sphere, which is hollow within, and, after this, you imagine all parts of the sphere’s surface to be cut away, except those parts on which such circles are described; then that sphere is called an armillary sphere, because it appears in the form of several circular rings, or brace lets, put together in a due position. John Harris, Description of the Globes.


  1. armillary

    An armillary sphere (variations are known as spherical astrolabe, armilla, or armil) is a model of objects in the sky (on the celestial sphere), consisting of a spherical framework of rings, centered on Earth or the Sun, that represent lines of celestial longitude and latitude and other astronomically important features, such as the ecliptic. As such, it differs from a celestial globe, which is a smooth sphere whose principal purpose is to map the constellations. It was invented separately first in ancient China during the 4th century BC and ancient Greece during the 3rd century BC, with later uses in the Islamic world and Medieval Europe. With the Earth as center, an armillary sphere is known as Ptolemaic. With the Sun as center, it is known as Copernican.The flag of Portugal features an armillary sphere. The armillary sphere is also featured in Portuguese heraldry, associated with the Portuguese discoveries during the Age of Exploration. Manuel I of Portugal, for example, took it as one of his symbols where it appeared on his standard, and on early Chinese export ceramics made for the Portuguese court. In the flag of the Empire of Brazil, the armillary sphere is also featured. The Beijing Capital International Airport Terminal 3 features a large armillary sphere metal sculpture as an exhibit of Chinese inventions for international and domestic visitors.


  1. armillary

    An armillary is a model of objects in the sky consisting of a spherical framework of rings, centered on Earth or the Sun, that represent lines of celestial longitude and latitude and other astronomically important features. It is often used in navigation and astronomy for observational purposes. The word "armillary" is derived from the Latin word "armilla" which means "bracelet". Some armillaries are also used as garden ornaments or decorative items.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Armillarynoun

    pertaining to, or resembling, a bracelet or ring; consisting of rings or circles

  2. Etymology: [LL. armillarius, fr. L. armilla arm ring, bracelet, fr. armus arm: cf. F. armillaire. See Arm, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Armillary

    är′mil-lar-i, or är-mil′lar-i, adj. resembling an armlet or bracelet: consisting of rings or circles.—n. Armil′la, in archæology, a bracelet: one of the coronation ornaments: the regalia.—Armillary sphere, an instrument constructed to show the motions of the heavenly bodies. [L. armilla, an armlet. See Arm (1).]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of armillary in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of armillary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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