gnomon meaning

Pronunciation:   "gnomon" in a sentence
Noun: gnomon  nowmón
  1. Indicator provided by the stationary arm whose shadow indicates the time on the sundial

Derived forms: gnomons

Type of: indicator

Part of: sundial

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  1. in all cases the gnomon lies in the plane of the meridian.
  2. a stake used for this purpose was the earliest type of sundial and was called a gnomon.
  3. it appears as a small gnomon with lines extending in each major direction ( along the x, y, and zaxis)
  4. from then on, people were able to measure time and determine seasons based on the position and length of the gnomon's shadow
  5. The gnomon may be fixed or moved according to the season.

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