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[ UK /dɪklɪnˈe‍ɪʃən/ ]
  1. a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state
  2. a downward slope or bend
  3. a polite refusal of an invitation
  4. (astronomy) the angular distance of a celestial body north or to the south of the celestial equator; expressed in degrees; used with right ascension to specify positions on the celestial sphere
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How To Use declination In A Sentence

  • Proposals were being made to solve the longitude problem and in 1673 one based on magnetic declination was proposed by a certain Henry Bond.
  • Their combined action may therefore be graphically represented by three systems of lines, the 'isodynamic, isoclinic', and 'isogonic' (or those of equal force, equal inclination, and equal declination). COSMOS: A Sketch of the Physical Description of the Universe, Vol. 1
  • You'll need to know your current elevation and something called the declination angle. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal:Today's Headlines
  • [Footnote 1: This is the codeclination as given in the Nautical Almanac. Scientific American Supplement, No. 360, November 25, 1882
  • He was as baffled as I about the FBI's declination of the State Department's invitation to intervene in the case. A KING'S RANSOM
  • If your co-latitude plus the declination of the star is greater than zero, then it will rise above your horizon at least sometime during the year.
  • Yet Cornelius Schouten, on Easter Sunday, 1616, appears to have found the declination null somewhere to the southeast of Nukahiva, in 15 degrees south lat. and 132 degrees west long., and consequently in the middle of the present closed isogonal system. COSMOS: A Sketch of the Physical Description of the Universe, Vol. 1
  • Gellibrand's most famous scientific discovery was the change over the years in magnetic declination.
  • Consistently, equinoctial markers and alignments were made to an declination well over half a degree to the north.
  • He also studied magnetic declination and was the first to observe the secular variation.
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