ecliptic ecliptic  /ɪ ˈklɪp tɪk/

Definition(s):

  • (n) the great circle representing the apparent annual path of the sun; the plane of the Earth's orbit around the sun; makes an angle of about 23 degrees with the equator

Usage(s):

  1. They draw a line around the sphere to represent the ecliptic, or path of the sun through the constellations, and then they are ready for some gnarly astronomy.
  2. The axis, he decided, is inclined about 32 from the plane of the ecliptic in which the planets revolve around the sun.

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