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Princeton's WordNet

  1. embolism, intercalationnoun

    an insertion into a calendar


  1. intercalationnoun

    a period inserted into a calendar as in a leap year.

  2. intercalationnoun

    The reversible insertion of a molecule between two others

  3. intercalationnoun

    A layer introduced into a pre-existing sequence

  4. Etymology: From intercalate

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Intercalationnoun

    Insertion of days out of the ordinary reckoning.

    Etymology: intercalation, Fr. intercalatio, Latin.

    In sixty-three years there may be lost almost eighteen days, omitting the intercalation of one day every fourth year, allowed for this quadrant, or six supernumeraries. Thomas Browne, Vul. Err.


  1. intercalation

    Intercalation refers to the process of inserting something, such as a leap day in a calendar, between or within layers of a substance, such as molecules in a chemical compound. It can be used in various contexts such as chemistry, physics, biology, and linguistics, usually indicating the incorporation or insertion of an entity into an existing structure or system.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intercalationnoun

    the insertion of a day, or other portion of time, in a calendar

  2. Intercalationnoun

    the insertion or introduction of anything among others, as the insertion of a phrase, line, or verse in a metrical composition; specif. (Geol.), the intrusion of a bed or layer between other layers

  3. Etymology: [L. intercalatio: cf. F. intercalation.]


  1. Intercalation

    Intercalation is the insertion of a leap day, week or month into some calendar years to make the calendar follow the seasons or moon phases. Lunisolar calendars may require intercalations of both days and months.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of intercalation in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of intercalation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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