Armillary
Armillary Ar"mil*la*ry, a. [LL. armillarius, fr. L. armilla arm ring, bracelet, fr. armus arm: cf. F. armillaire. See {Arm}, n.] Pertaining to, or resembling, a bracelet or ring; consisting of rings or circles. [1913 Webster]

{Armillary sphere}, an ancient astronomical machine composed of an assemblage of rings, all circles of the same sphere, designed to represent the positions of the important circles of the celestial sphere. --Nichol. [1913 Webster]


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  • armillary —   a. like, pertaining to or composed of rings.    ♦ armillary sphere, celestial globe composed only of rings marking equator, tropics, etc …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • armillary — adj. relating to bracelets. Phrases and idioms: armillary sphere hist. a representation of the celestial globe constructed from metal rings and showing the equator, the tropics, etc. Etymology: mod.L armillaris f. L armilla bracelet …   Useful english dictionary

  • armillary — /ahr meuh ler ee, ahr mil euh ree/, adj. consisting of hoops or rings. [1655 65; < L armill(a) bracelet, hoop (arm(us) shoulder (see ARM1) + illa dim. suffix) + ARY] * * * …   Universalium

  • armillary — adjective Resembling a bracelet or armilla; consisting of rings or circles …   Wiktionary

  • armillary — ar·mil·lary …   English syllables

  • armillary — ar•mil•lar•y [[t]ˈɑr məˌlɛr i, ɑrˈmɪl ə ri[/t]] adj. consisting of hoops or rings • Etymology: 1655–65; < L armill(a) bracelet, hoop (arm(us) shoulder (see arm I) + illa dim. suffix) + ary …   From formal English to slang

  • armillary — /aˈmɪləri/ (say ah miluhree) adjective consisting of hoops or rings. {Latin armilla armlet, ring + ary1} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Armillary sphere — Armillary Ar mil*la*ry, a. [LL. armillarius, fr. L. armilla arm ring, bracelet, fr. armus arm: cf. F. armillaire. See {Arm}, n.] Pertaining to, or resembling, a bracelet or ring; consisting of rings or circles. [1913 Webster] {Armillary sphere},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • armillary sphere — [är′mə ler΄ē] n. [< L armilla, armlet, bracelet < armus: see ARM2] an ancient astronomical sighting instrument representing the great circles of the horizon, the ecliptic, the meridian, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Armillary sphere — An armillary sphere (variations are known as spherical astrolabe, armilla, or armil) is a model of the celestial sphere. Description and use of the armillary sphere The exterior parts of this machine are a compages of brass rings, which represent …   Wikipedia

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