What does intercalary mean?

Definitions for intercalary
ɪnˈtɜr kəˌlɛr i, ˌɪn tərˈkæl ə riin·ter·cala·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intercalaryadjective

    having a day or month inserted to make the calendar year correspond to the solar year: "Feb. 29 is an intercalary day"

    "a leap year is an intercalary year"


  1. intercalaryadjective

    of a day: extra day or days inserted into a calendar

  2. intercalaryadjective

    of a month: extra month inserted into a calendar. The Hebrew calendar has such a month.

  3. intercalaryadjective

    of a meristem: situated between zones of permanent tissue, thus a shoot growing at the base of a leaf, in comparison with apical growth at the tip of a root or plant.

  4. Etymology: From intercalarius, from intercalaris, from intercalo, from inter + calo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Intercalar, Intercalaryadjective

    Inserted out of the common order to preserve the equation of time, as the twenty-ninth of February in a leap-year is an intercalary day.

    Etymology: intercalaire, Fr. intercalaris, Latin.


  1. intercalary

    Intercalary generally refers to something that is inserted or added, particularly in relation to time, literature, or biology. It can refer to an extra day or month inserted in the calendar, a segment or episode inserted into a narrative, or cells or tissue inserted between other cells or tissues.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intercalaryadjective

    inserted or introduced among others in the calendar; as, an intercalary month, day, etc.; -- now applied particularly to the odd day (Feb. 29) inserted in the calendar of leap year. See Bissextile, n

  2. Intercalarynoun

    introduced or inserted among others; additional; supernumerary

  3. Etymology: [L. intercalaris, intercalarius: cf. F. intercalaire. See Intercalate.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. intercalary

    Any period of time interpolated in the calendar for the purpose of accommodating the mode of reckoning with the course of the sun.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of intercalary in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of intercalary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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