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ˈæs trəˌleɪbas·tro·labe

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. astrolabenoun

    an early form of sextant


  1. astrolabenoun

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

    Etymology: astrolabe, astrelabe, from ἀστρολάβος, from ἄστρον + λαμβάνω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Astrolabenoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. astrolabie, astrilabe, OF. astrelabe, F. astrolabe, LL. astrolabium, fr. Gr. 'astrola`bon; 'a`stron star + , , to take.]

  2. Astrolabenoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. astrolabie, astrilabe, OF. astrelabe, F. astrolabe, LL. astrolabium, fr. Gr. 'astrola`bon; 'a`stron star + , , to take.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Astrolabe

    as′trō-lāb, n. an instrument for measuring the altitudes of the sun or stars, now superseded by Hadley's quadrant and sextant. [Gr.; astron, a star, labb-, lambano, I take.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. astrolabe

    An armillary sphere.--Sea-astrolabe, a useful graduated brass ring, with a movable index, for taking the altitude of stars and planets: it derived its name from the armillary sphere of Hipparchus, at Alexandria.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. astrolabe

    An instrument for observing the position of the stars, now disused. A graduated ring with sights for taking altitudes at sea was also formerly so called.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of astrolabe in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of astrolabe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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