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- adj. Resembling a bracelet or armilla; consisting of rings or circles.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to, or resembling, a bracelet or ring; consisting of rings or circles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Resembling a bracelet or armilla; consisting of rings or circles.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to bracelets
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At the same time, paving the way for Galileo, incredibly complex Renaissance-era astrological instruments such as armillary spheres and planetary clocks, manufactured by the foremost goldsmiths of Europe, show the connection between the applied arts, mathematics and technology.
Eleven hooks in the cabinets support a dagger, a scopetta (whisk broom), Federico's armor (occupying five hooks), an astrolabe, an armillary sphere, a tablet, and a birdcage.
Mirrors and armillary spheres, too, were highly valued and prominently displayed.
Urania is represented by the armillary sphere, Euterpe by flutes, Thalia by the rebec, Melpomene by the hunting horn, Terpsichore by the cittern, Erato by the jingle ring, and Polyhymnia by the organ.
In his recommendations for making a universal figure for contemplation, Ficino urges that one should "not just look at" an image such as an armillary sphere but to "reflect on it in the soul."
The "armillary sphere" would be a rigid skeletal orb, 160 feet in diameter, upon which the continents and "principal islands" of the world would be superimposed.
Architectural Forum called it "a heavy, literal version of the ancient armillary sphere, with decoration by Rand McNally."
He made an armillary sphere -- a primitive planetarium -- to explore the movements of the planets.
Those are armillary spheres on the top—I know because I did a book report on it in fifth grade.
For an illuminating discussion of the astrolabe and armillary sphere in the Urbino studiolo, their uses and significance, see David King, "Astrolabe Depicted."
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