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ˈzoʊ diˌækzo·di·ac

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. zodiac(noun)

    a belt-shaped region in the heavens on either side to the ecliptic; divided into 12 constellations or signs for astrological purposes

  2. zodiac(noun)

    (astrology) a circular diagram representing the 12 zodiacal constellations and showing their signs


  1. zodiac(Noun)

    The belt-like region of the celestial sphere approximately eight degrees north and south of the ecliptic, which thousands of years ago included the apparent path of the sun, moon, and planets.

  2. zodiac(Noun)

    The twelve equal divisions of the astrological zodiacal region into signs, or houses, of the zodiac, each sign named after a constellation in this region.

  3. zodiac(Noun)

    The belt-like region of the celestial sphere corresponding to the apparent path of the sun over the course of a year, the ecliptic.

  4. zodiac(Noun)

    A circle decorated with the signs of the zodiac.

  5. zodiac(Noun)

    Any of various astrological systems considered similar to the above.

  6. Origin: (late 14th century), from zodiaque, from zodiacus, from ζωδιακός, from ζώδι(αι)ον, the diminutive of .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Zodiac(noun)

    an imaginary belt in the heavens, 16¡ or 18¡ broad, in the middle of which is the ecliptic, or sun's path. It comprises the twelve constellations, which one constituted, and from which were named, the twelve signs of the zodiac.

  2. Zodiac(noun)

    a figure representing the signs, symbols, and constellations of the zodiac

  3. Zodiac(noun)

    a girdle; a belt

  4. Origin: [F. zodiaque (cf. It. zodiaco), fr. L. zodiacus, Gr. (sc. ), fr. , dim. of zw^,on an animal, akin to living, to live.]


  1. Zodiac

    In both astrology and historical astronomy, the zodiac is a circle of thirteen divisions of celestial longitude that are centered upon the ecliptic: the apparent path of the Sun across the celestial sphere over the course of the year. The paths of the Moon and visible planets also remain close to the ecliptic, within the belt of the zodiac, which extends 8-9° north or south of the ecliptic, as measured in celestial latitude. Historically, these twelve divisions are called signs. Essentially, the zodiac is a celestial coordinate system, or more specifically an ecliptic coordinate system, which takes the ecliptic as the origin of latitude, and the position of the sun at vernal equinox as the origin of longitude.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Zodiac

    zō′di-ak, n. an imaginary belt in the heavens, having as its mesial line the ecliptic or apparent path of the sun, and containing the twelve constellations, called signs of the zodiac. The constellations, with the appropriate symbols of the corresponding signs, are as follows: Aries (Ram), Aries; Taurus (Bull), Taurus; Gemini (Twins), Gemini; Cancer (Crab), Cancer; Leo (Lion), Leo; Virgo (Virgin), Virgo; Libra (Balance), Libra; Scorpio (Scorpion), Scorpio; Sagittarius (Archer), Sagittarius; Capricornus (Goat), Capricornus; Aquarius (Water-bearer), Aquarius; Pisces (Fishes), Pisces.—adj. Zodī′acal.—Zodiacal light, a singular appearance seen after sunset or before sunrise, at all seasons of the year in low latitudes, but rarely in Great Britain, except in March, April, and May in the evenings, and six months later in the mornings. [Fr. zodiaque—L. zodiacus—Gr. zōdiakos, belonging to animals—zōdion, dim. of zōon, an animal, zaein, to live.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Zodiac

    the name given to a belt of the heavens extending 8° on each side of the ecliptic, composed of twelve constellations called signs of the zodiac, which the sun traverses in the course of a year. These signs, of which six are on the N. of the ecliptic and six on the S., are, commencing with the former, named successively: Aries, the Ram; Taurus, the Bull; Gemini, the Twins; Cancer, the Crab; Leo, the Lion; Virgo, the Virgin; Libra, the Balance; Scorpio, the Scorpion; Sagittarius, the Archer; Capricornus, the Goat; Aquarius, the Water-bearer; and Pisces, the Fishes. The sun enters Aries at the spring equinox and Libra at the autumnal equinox, while the first point of Cancer marks the summer solstice, and that of Capricorn the winter. The name Zodiac is derived from the Greek zoon, an animal, and has been given to the belt because the majority of the signs are named after animals.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. zodiac

    1. The wallpaper of the heavens. 2. The mirrors of the nothingness of Man and the sublimity of the nothingness of Space.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. zodiac

    A broad zone or belt of the heavens, the middle of which is the ecliptic, extending 9° on either side of it. It is divided into twelve signs, each measuring 30° along the ecliptic.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of zodiac in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of zodiac in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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