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Meridian sun

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Meridian sun the sun at its full height, as at midday
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. meridianus, from meridies (orig. medidies), midday—medius, middle, dies, day.

Usage

In literature:

To-morrow is the Fourth, hitherto glorious, but now, like to-day's meridian sun, clouded, and sending out a somewhat uncertain light.
"The Citizen-Soldier" by John Beatty
The wind, however, was dropping fast; and by the time that the sun was on the meridian we were not going more than five knots.
"For Treasure Bound" by Harry Collingwood
The sun is at the meridian, and they will be alarmed at the cabin, if we do not return soon.
"The American Family Robinson" by D. W. Belisle
It is the sun in its meridian splendor, and the stars in an ever unclouded firmament.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 2, No 6, December 1862" by Various
The sun was now some hours past meridian.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
This white circle traced here represents the sun; the straight line the meridian.
"The Reckoning" by Robert W. Chambers
How soon may the brightness of our meridian sun be darkened!
"A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Middle and Higher Classes in this Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity." by William Wilberforce
He cast a shrewd eye at the sun, which stood near the meridian.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
The instant that the sun's centre is on the meridian of a place.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The most complete polarisation seems to take place near the horizon; and, when the sun is near the meridian, towards the west and east.
"Notes and Queries, No. 209, October 29 1853" by Various
Leslie took his time paddling ashore, and when at length the pair landed on the beach the sun had passed the meridian.
"Dick Leslie's Luck" by Harry Collingwood
About three hours after the sun had passed the meridian, they arrived at a place that resembled a small island in the midst of an ocean.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
The sun was almost at the meridian.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
This I would tell them, not under covert, but in words as clear as the sun in its meridian brightness.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. IX (of X) - America - I" by Various
The sun, she showed, was long past the meridian and was on its return.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
The most of us, my brethren, are fast approaching, or have already passed the meridian of life; our sun is setting in the West; and oh!
"Masonic Monitor of the Degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason" by George Thornburgh
The sun had just crossed the meridian.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
It was near midday, the sun only having slightly crossed the meridian.
"The Wilderness Fugitives" by Edward S. Ellis
She convoyed Donne past his dread enemy Tartar, who, with his nose on his fore paws, lay snoring under the meridian sun.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
It was the season of midsummer, and of course at meridian hour the sun was right over their heads.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
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In poetry:

Beneath the sun's meridian ray,
They'll fade and leave no trace behind:
The love they woke shall ne'er decay,
But be immortal like the Mind.
"To Mis----" by James Avis Bartley
Glitter his feet, like polished brass
That long hath in the furnace shown;
Brighter than lightning is his face:
Brighter than the meridian sun.
"Hymn 1" by Noah Calwell W Cannon
Nay, the whole body there shall blaze,
Bright as the sun's meridian rays:—
If then the body shines thus, there;
How lustrous must the soul appear?
"Concerning The New Jerusalem" by Rees Prichard
Lost is that country, and all-but forgotten
Mid these chill breezes, yet still, oh, believe me,
All her meridian suns and ardent summers
Burn in my bosom.
"Myvanwy" by Manmohan Ghose
Mind not gay ornaments, nor vestments fine,
In paradise their garments all are white,
Thy own shall there with dazzling lustre shine,
Than the meridian sun itself more bright.
"Another Conference Between The Devout Sick Man, And His Soul" by Rees Prichard

In science:

Figures 7 to 10 display the inverted volume opacity and Na density in four vertical planes containing the Sun at 45deg from each other, starting with the meridian plane, i.e. the vertical plane which contains the galactic centre and anti-centre directions.
Spatial distribution of interstellar dust in the Sun vicinity, comparison with neutral sodium-bearing gas
Observations were made as drift scans, with the telescope stationary on the meridian; observations were made only at night to avoid the effects of the Sun in the telescope sidelobes.
A Survey of the Polarized Emission from the Galactic Plane at 1420 MHz with Arcminute Angular Resolution
In contrast, the solar day or universal day is defined as the time between two appearances of the Sun on the local reference celestial meridian.
Search for Gamma Ray Emission from Galactic Plane with Milagro
At noon, the fictitious mean sun crosses the meridian above the observer.
The sun's position in the sky
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