noun Etymology: Middle English almageste, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin, from Arabic al-majusti, the Arabic version of Ptolemy's astronomy treatise, from al the + Greek megistē (syntaxis), literally, greatest (composition) Date: 14th century any of several early medieval treatises on a branch of knowledge

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  • Almagest — Al ma*gest, n. [F. almageste, LL. almageste, Ar. al majist[=i], fr. Gr. ? (sc. ?), the greatest composition.] The celebrated work of Ptolemy of Alexandria, which contains nearly all that is known of the astronomical observations and theories of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Almăgest — (arab. u. gr., d.i. das große [Werk]), bei den Arabern das große System (μεγάλη σὐνταξις) des Ptolemäos, s.d …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Almagést — (Almedschisti; für griech. μεγίστη, »die größte«), der verstümmelte Titel des Lehrgebäudes der Astronomie von Ptolemäos (s. d.) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Almagést — Almagést, Titel der arab. Übersetzung des astron. Werks (»Syntaxis mathematica«) des Ptolemäus …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Almagest — Almagest, arab., das Große, das System des Ptolemäus …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • almagest — (n.) late 14c., title of a treatise on astronomy by Claudius Ptolemy of Alexandria, extended in Middle English to other works on astrology or astronomy, from O.Fr. almageste (13c.), from Arabic al majisti, from al the + Gk. megiste the greatest… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Almagest — [al′mə jest΄] n. [ME < OFr almageste < Ar al majistī < al, the + Gr megistē (syntaxis), greatest (work)] 1. a vast work on astronomy and mathematics compiled by Ptolemy c.A.D. 140 2. [a ] any of several medieval works like this,… …   English World dictionary

  • Almagest — Geometric construction used by Hipparchus in his determination of the distances to the sun and moon. The Almagest is a 2nd century mathematical and astronomical treatise on the apparent motions of the stars and planetary paths. Written in Greek… …   Wikipedia

  • Almagest — Darstellung des ptolemäischen Weltsystems (1661) Almagest (griechisch μαθηματική σύνταξις, arabisch ‏المجسطي‎, DMG al maǧisṭī) nennt man eines der Hauptwe …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Almagést — Darstellung des ptolemäischen Weltsystems (1661) Almagest (griechisch μαθηματική σύνταξις, arabisch ‏المجسطي‎, DMG al maǧisṭī) nennt man eines der Hauptwerke der antiken Astronomie, das auf den hellen …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Almagest — /al meuh jest /, n. 1. (italics) a Greek work on astronomy by Ptolemy. 2. (l.c.) any of various medieval works of a like kind, as on astrology or alchemy. [1350 1400; ME almageste < MF < Ar al the + majisti < Gk megíste (sýntaxis) greatest… …   Universalium

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