nodical month
Month Month (m[u^]nth), n. [OE. month, moneth, AS. m[=o]n[eth], m[=o]na[eth]; akin to m[=o]na moon, and to D. maand month, G. monat, OHG. m[=a]n[=o]d, Icel. m[=a]nu[eth]r, m[=a]na[eth]r, Goth. m[=e]n[=o][thorn]s. [root]272. See {Moon}.] One of the twelve portions into which the year is divided; the twelfth part of a year, corresponding nearly to the length of a synodic revolution of the moon, -- whence the name. In popular use, a period of four weeks is often called a month. [1913 Webster]

Note: In the common law, a month is a lunar month, or twenty-eight days, unless otherwise expressed. --Blackstone. In the United States the rule of the common law is generally changed, and a month is declared to mean a calendar month. --Cooley's Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

{A month mind}. (a) A strong or abnormal desire. [Obs.] --Shak. (b) A celebration made in remembrance of a deceased person a month after death. --Strype.

{Calendar months}, the months as adjusted in the common or Gregorian calendar; April, June, September, and November, containing 30 days, and the rest 31, except February, which, in common years, has 28, and in leap years 29.

{Lunar month}, the period of one revolution of the moon, particularly a synodical revolution; but several kinds are distinguished, as the {synodical month}, or period from one new moon to the next, in mean length 29 d. 12 h. 44 m. 2.87 s.; the {nodical month}, or time of revolution from one node to the same again, in length 27 d. 5 h. 5 m. 36 s.; the {sidereal}, or time of revolution from a star to the same again, equal to 27 d. 7 h. 43 m. 11.5 s.; the {anomalistic}, or time of revolution from perigee to perigee again, in length 27 d. 13 h. 18 m. 37.4 s.; and the {tropical}, or time of passing from any point of the ecliptic to the same again, equal to 27 d. 7 h. 43 m. 4.7 s.

{Solar month}, the time in which the sun passes through one sign of the zodiac, in mean length 30 d. 10 h. 29 m. 4.1 s. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Nodical month — Nodical Nod ic*al, a. Of or pertaining to the nodes; from a node to the same node again; as, the nodical revolutions of the moon. [1913 Webster] {Nodical month}. See {Lunar month}, under {Month}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nodical month. — See under month (def. 5). [1830 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • nodical month. — See under month (def. 5). [1830 40] …   Useful english dictionary

  • nodical month — noun : the mean time of the moon s revolution in its orbit from ascending node to ascending node equal to 27 days, 5 hours, 5 minutes, 35.8 seconds of mean solar time called also draconic period …   Useful english dictionary

  • Nodical — Nod ic*al, a. Of or pertaining to the nodes; from a node to the same node again; as, the nodical revolutions of the moon. [1913 Webster] {Nodical month}. See {Lunar month}, under {Month}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Month — (m[u^]nth), n. [OE. month, moneth, AS. m[=o]n[eth], m[=o]na[eth]; akin to m[=o]na moon, and to D. maand month, G. monat, OHG. m[=a]n[=o]d, Icel. m[=a]nu[eth]r, m[=a]na[eth]r, Goth. m[=e]n[=o][thorn]s. [root]272. See {Moon}.] One of the twelve… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Month — For the Egyptian hawk god, see Monthu. A month is a unit of time, used with calendars, which was first used and invented in Mesopotamia, as a natural period related to the motion of the Moon; month and Moon are cognates. The traditional concept… …   Wikipedia

  • month — /munth/, n. 1. Also called calendar month. any of the twelve parts, as January or February, into which the calendar year is divided. 2. the time from any day of one calendar month to the corresponding day of the next. 3. a period of four weeks or …   Universalium

  • month — n four weeks, thirty days, lunation, lunar month, solar month, calendar month, synodic month, sidereal month, anomalistic month, nodical month, draconic month …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • nodical — /ˈnoʊdɪkəl/ (say nohdikuhl), /ˈnɒd / (say nod ) adjective Astronomy of or relating to the node or nodes: the nodical month …   Australian English dictionary

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