How do you spell Hannukah?


[al-myoo-kan-ter] /ˈæl myuˌkæn tər/
noun, Astronomy
a circle on the celestial sphere parallel to the horizon; the locus of all points of a given altitude.
Also called parallel of altitude.
1350-1400; probably < Medieval Latin almucantarath < Arabic al-muqanṭarāt the almucantars, equivalent to al the + muquanṭarāt sundial, derivative of qanṭarah arch; replacing almicanter, Middle English almicanteras (plural) < Middle French almicantarath < Medieval Latin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for almucantar


a circle on the celestial sphere parallel to the horizontal plane
an instrument for measuring altitudes
Word Origin
C14: from French, from Arabic almukantarāt sundial
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for almucantar


in astronomy, any circle of the celestial sphere parallel to the horizon; when two objects are on the same almucantar, they have the same altitude. The term also refers to instruments of a pattern invented by the U.S. astronomer Seth Carlo Chandler for determining latitude or time by observing the times of transit of stars across a fixed almucantar.

Learn more about almacantar with a free trial on
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for almucantar

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for almucantar

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for almucantar