Complete Definition of "nadir"

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English

Pronunciation
IPA|/ˈneɪdɪə/ (RP)
IPA|/ˈneɪdɪr/ (US)
nādî(r), /<tt>"[email protected](r)</tt>/
audio|en-us-nadir.ogg|Audio (US)

Etymology
ML. nadir, from Arab.
ARchar|نظير اسمت|نَظِيرُ السَّمْت naẓīru as-samt, nadir, properly "the point opposite
ARchar|سمت|السَمْتُ (as-samt) the zenith", in which
ARchar|نظير|نَظِير naẓīr means "counterpart, corresponding to".

Noun
en-noun

  1. The point of the celestial sphere, directly opposite the zenith; inferior pole of the horizon; point of the celestial sphere directly under the place where we stand.
  2. figuratively The lowest point; time of greatest depression.

#:Quotations
#:*"The seventh century is the nadir of the human mind in Europe." &mdash; Hallam.

  1. astronomy The axis of a projected conical shadow (e.g. the nadir of the sun is the axis of the conical shadow projected by the Earth)

Synonyms
(lowest point): lowest ebb, slough of despond, trough

Antonyms
(point of heavens opposite the zenith): zenith
(lowest point): height, peak

Translations
trans-top|point of the sky
Finnish: nadiiri
German: Nadir m
Japanese: 天底(てんてい, tentei)
trans-mid
Polish: nadir m
Portuguese: #Portuguese|nadir m
trans-bottom

trans-top|figuratively the lowest point
Finnish: aallonpohja
Japanese: どん底(どんぞこ, donzoko)
trans-mid
Portuguese: #Portuguese|nadir m
trans-bottom

trans-top|axis of projected conical shadow
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trans-mid
trans-bottom

See also
azimuth


French

Etymology
As for the English word.

Noun
nadir m

  1. astronomy|lang=fr nadir

Antonyms
zénith

Category:French nouns


Italian

Etymology
As for the English word.

Pronunciation
nadìr, /naˈdir/, /<tt>na"dir</tt>/

Noun
nadir m

  1. astronomy|lang=it nadir

Antonyms
zenit

Category:Italian nouns
Category:Medieval Latin

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