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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

The act of coming before in time or order or rank (as in a ceremony); The motion of a spinning body (as a top) in which it wobbles so that the axis of rotation sweeps out a cone.

Usage examples (39)
  • The most important one right now is the near end of a half precession cycle which will lead to a huge world disaster.
  • (The observed precession is really 5270 ''/century, but a painstaking calculation to subtract the disturbances from all the other planets gives the value of 43 ''.)
  • Kunkle's re-examining of astrology is rooted in the Earth's "precession" -- put simply, the gravity-fueled change in orientation of the Earth's rotational axis.
  • This effect is known as the precession of the equinox. for more
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