American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Aquila and Vulpecula.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. [capitalized] An insignificant but very ancient northern constellation, the Arrow, placed between Aquila and the bill of the Swan. It is, roughly speaking, in a line with the most prominent stars of Sagittarius and Centaurus, with which it may originally have been conceived to be connected. Also called
- n. In anatomy, the sagittal suture.
- n. In ichthyology, one of the otoliths of a fish's ear.
- n. [capitalized] The typical genus of Sagittidæ, formerly containing all the species, now restricted to those with two pairs of lateral fins besides the caudal fin. Also Saggitta, Saggita, Sagita. See accompanying cut.
- n. An arrow-worm or sea-arrow; a member of the Sagittidæ.
- n. The keystone of an arch.
- n. In geometry: The versed sine of an arc: so called by Kepler because it makes a figure like an arrow upon a bow.
- n. The abscissa of a curve.
- n. astronomy A small autumn constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble an arrow. It lies between the constellations of Vulpecula and Aquila.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Astron.) A small constellation north of Aquila; the Arrow.
- n. (Arch.), rare The keystone of an arch.
- n. (Geom.), obsolete The distance from a point in a curve to the chord; also, the versed sine of an arc; -- so called from its resemblance to an arrow resting on the bow and string.
- n. (Anat.) The larger of the two otoliths, or ear bones, found in most fishes.
- n. (Zoöl.) A genus of transparent, free-swimming marine worms having lateral and caudal fins, and capable of swimming rapidly. It is the type of class Chætognatha.
- n. a small constellation in the northern hemisphere between Cygnus and Aquila and crossed by the Milky Way
- n. any arrowworm of the genus Sagitta
- From Latin sagitta ("arrow"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin, sagitta, arrow. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“During the Frankish occupancy it was called in Latin Sagitta, and in French Sagette, from its native name, Saida.”
“Who, being assembled at the day appointed, and proposing their diuers opinions and iudgements, at length it seemed best vnto the whole company to besiege the city Sagitta, which is also called”
“Who, being assembled at the day appointed, and proposing their diuers opinions and iudgements, at length it seemed best vnto the whole company to besiege the city Sagitta, which is also called Sidon, if peradventure, through God's helpe, and by the strength of this new army, by land and sea it might be ouercome.”
“Another planetary nebula, M27 or the Dumbbell, is an easier binocular object in the dim constellation of Vulpecula the Fox to the SE, and just above Sagitta the Arrow.”
“The dominant zooplankton species are Sagitta crassa, Calanus sinicus, Euphausia pacifica, and Themisto gracilipes.”
“Deep sea adaptation of epipelagic chaetognatha Sagitta elegans in the Japan Sea.”
“Sagitta quae animam penetrat, leviter penetrat, sed non leve infligit vulnus sup. cant.”
“‘About the third century B.C. we find Apollo is closely linked with the constellation Sagitta.’”
“Hugh, and the death of his brother, and what great confidence he reposed in them concerning these warres: and that nowe therefore they being departed and dead, he must of necessity differre the besieging of Sagitta, and for this time dismisse the armie assembled.”
“King, taking occasion of the death of these principall men of his armie, agreed, making none priuie thereto, to receiue the money which was offered him for his differing off the siege of the citie of Sagitta, yet dissembling to make peace, with the Saracens, but that he ment to go through with the worke, that he had begunne.”
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