Gnomon



[noh-mon] /ˈnoʊ mɒn/

noun
1.
the raised part of a sundial that casts the shadow; a style.
2.
an early astronomical instrument consisting of a vertical shaft, column, or the like, for determining the altitude of the sun or the latitude of a position by measuring the length of its shadow cast at noon.
3.
Geometry. (formerly) the part of a parallelogram that remains after a similar parallelogram has been taken away from one of its corners.
/ˈnəʊmɒn/
noun
1.
the stationary arm that projects the shadow on a sundial
2.
a geometric figure remaining after a parallelogram has been removed from one corner of a larger parallelogram
n.

“vertical shaft that tells time by the shadow it casts” (especially the triangular plate on a sundial), 1540s, from Latin gnomon, from Greek gnomon “indicator,” literally “one who discerns,” from gignoskein “to come to know” (see gnostic (adj.)).

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