Syzygy Syz"y*gy (s[i^]z"[i^]*j[y^]), n.; pl. {Syzygies} (-j[i^]z). [L. syzygia a joining together, conjunction, Gr. syzygi`a; sy`n with + zeygny`nai to join, zygo`n yoke: cf. F. syzygie. See {Yoke}, n.] 1. (Astron.) The point of an orbit, as of the moon or a planet, at which it is in conjunction or opposition; -- commonly used in the plural. [1913 Webster]

2. (Gr. & L. Pros.) The coupling together of different feet; as, in Greek verse, an iambic syzygy. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) (a) Any one of the segments of an arm of a crinoid composed of two joints so closely united that the line of union is obliterated on the outer, though visible on the inner, side. (b) The immovable union of two joints of a crinoidal arm. [1913 Webster]

4. The intimately united and apparently fused condition of certain low organisms during conjugation.

{Line of syzygies} (Astron.), the straight line connecting the earth, the sun, and the moon or a planet, when the latter is in conjunction or opposition; -- used chiefly of the moon. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • syzygy — conjunction or opposition of a heavenly body with the sun, 1650s, from L.L. syzygia, from Gk. syzygia yoke, pair, union of two, conjunction, from syzygein to yoke together, from syn together + zygon yoke (see JUGULAR (Cf. jugular)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • syzygy — [siz′ə jē] n. pl. syzygies [LL syzygia < Gr < syn , together + zygon, YOKE] 1. a pair of things, esp. a pair of opposites 2. Astron. Rare either of two opposing points in the orbit of a celestial body, specif. of the moon, at which it is in …   English World dictionary

  • Syzygy — In broadest terms, Syzygy (IPAEng|ˈsɪzɪʤi) is a kind of unity, especially through coordination or alignment, most commonly used in the astronomical and/or astrological sense. [ x=56 y=22 Syzygy… …   Wikipedia

  • Syzygy — Syzygium, auch Syszygie (Pl. Syszigien, lat. sycygia „etwas durch ein Joch Verbundendes“, „Zusammenfügung“, englisch syzygy) steht für: Syzygium (Astronomie), eine Winkelstellung von Sonne, Erde und Mond oder einem der Planeten Syzygie… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • syzygy — syzygial /si zij ee euhl/, syzygetic /siz i jet ik/, syzygal /siz i geuhl/, adj. /siz i jee/, n., pl. syzygies. 1. Astron. an alignment of three celestial objects, as the sun, the earth, and either the moon or a planet: Syzygy in the sun earth… …   Universalium

  • syzygy — noun (plural gies) Etymology: Late Latin syzygia conjunction, from Greek, from syzygos yoked together, from syn + zygon yoke more at yoke Date: circa 1847 the nearly straight line configuration of three celestial bodies (as the sun, moon, and… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • syzygy — n.; pl. syzygies [Gr. syzygos, united] 1. The combining of organs without loss of identity. 2. (ECHINODERMATA: Crinoidea) Having each nodal columnal closely and rigidly jointed to the internodal columnal below it by short elastic fibers, and as… …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • syzygy — In some parasitic protozoa the pairing of gamonts prior to sexual fusion, in gregarines the end to end attachment of the sporonts, in some crinoids the fusion of organs or skeletal elements …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • syzygy — noun /ˈsɪz.ɪdʒ.i/ a) A kind of unity, namely an alignment of three celestial bodies (for example, the Sun, Earth, and Moon) such that one body is directly between the other two, such as occurs at an eclipse b) An …   Wiktionary

  • syzygy — 1. The association of gregarine protozoans end to end or in lateral pairing (without sexual fusion). 2. Pairing of chromosomes in meiosis. SYN: syzygium. [G. syzygios, yoked, bound together, fr. syn, together, + zygon, a yoke] * * * syz·y·gy… …   Medical dictionary

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