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Gnomon

noun
1.
Indicator provided by the stationary arm whose shadow indicates the time on the sundial.






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"Gnomon" Quotes from Famous Books



... in building these pyramids, is not known. Some writers maintain that they were as memorials, pillars, or altars consecrated to the sun; others, that they served as a kind of gnomon for astronomical observations; that they were built to gratify the vanity and tyranny of kings, or for the celebration of religious mysteries; according to Diderot, for the transmission and preservation of historical information; and to others, for sepulchres for the kings,—which ...
— Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects and Curiosities of Art (Vol. 3 of 3) • S. Spooner



Words linked to "Gnomon" :   indicator, sundial



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