Autumnal point
Autumnal Au*tum"nal, a. [L. auctumnalis, autumnalis: cf. F. automnal.] 1. Of, belonging to, or peculiar to, autumn; as, an autumnal tint; produced or gathered in autumn; as, autumnal fruits; flowering in autumn; as, an autumnal plant. [1913 Webster]

Thick as autumnal leaves that strow the brooks In Vallombrosa. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Past the middle of life; in the third stage. [1913 Webster]

An autumnal matron. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

{Autumnal equinox}, the time when the sun crosses the equator, as it proceeds southward, or when it passes the autumnal point.

{Autumnal point}, the point of the equator intersected by the ecliptic, as the sun proceeds southward; the first point of Libra.

{Autumnal signs}, the signs Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius, through which the sun passes between the autumnal equinox and winter solstice. [1913 Webster]


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  • Autumnal — Au*tum nal, a. [L. auctumnalis, autumnalis: cf. F. automnal.] 1. Of, belonging to, or peculiar to, autumn; as, an autumnal tint; produced or gathered in autumn; as, autumnal fruits; flowering in autumn; as, an autumnal plant. [1913 Webster] Thick …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Autumnal equinox — Autumnal Au*tum nal, a. [L. auctumnalis, autumnalis: cf. F. automnal.] 1. Of, belonging to, or peculiar to, autumn; as, an autumnal tint; produced or gathered in autumn; as, autumnal fruits; flowering in autumn; as, an autumnal plant. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Autumnal signs — Autumnal Au*tum nal, a. [L. auctumnalis, autumnalis: cf. F. automnal.] 1. Of, belonging to, or peculiar to, autumn; as, an autumnal tint; produced or gathered in autumn; as, autumnal fruits; flowering in autumn; as, an autumnal plant. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • autumnal equinox — 1. See under equinox (def. 1). 2. Also called autumnal point. the position of the sun at the time of the autumnal equinox. [1670 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • autumnal equinox — /ɔˌtʌmnəl ˈikwənɒks/ (say aw.tumnuhl eekwuhnoks) noun 1. Also, September equinox. See equinox (def. 1). 2. Also, autumnal point. the position of the sun on the celestial equator at the time of the autumnal equinox …   Australian English dictionary

  • autumnal equinox — autum′nal e′quinox n. 1) astron. See under equinox 2) astron. Also called autum′nal point′. the position of the sun at the time of the autumnal equinox • Etymology: 1670–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • autumnal equinox — i. The point of intersection of the ecliptic and celestial equator (equinoctial) when the sun is moving from north to south. Also called the first point of Libra. ii. The time of the crossing of the sun across the celestial equator from north to… …   Aviation dictionary

  • autumnal equinox — noun 1. September 22 • Syn: ↑September equinox, ↑fall equinox • Ant: ↑vernal equinox • Hypernyms: ↑equinox • Part Holonyms: ↑fall …   Useful english dictionary

  • autumnal equinox — noun a) the moment when the sun appears to cross the celestial equator, heading southward b) the point where the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator at that time …   Wiktionary

  • first point of Libra — The point of intersection of the ecliptic and the celestial equator (equinoctial) when the sun is moving from the north to the south direction. It is denoted by the symbol λ. Also called autumnal equinox. See first point of Aries and ecliptic …   Aviation dictionary

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