Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to an epicycle.
- n. A curve which is the path of a point, P describing uniformly a circular orbit relatively to a point Q which itself has a uniform circular motion about O. If the angular velocities have the same sign, the epicyclic is direct; if opposite, retrograde.
- adj. of, or relating to epicycles
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Pertaining to, resembling, or having the motion of, an epicycle.
- adj. of or relating to an epicycle
“The first patent for a compact epicyclic hub gear was granted in 1895 to the American machinist Seward Thomas Johnson of Noblesville, Indiana, U.S.A.”
“Our epicyclic solution is to augment statutory law with administrative law.”
“Three centuries later, the astronomer Ptolemy build on his work to form the epicyclic model.”
“A chaotic model might well exhibit “interesting” behavior on a whole spectrum of time scales, though, as various parts of the dynamic cycle undergo epicyclic oscillations.”
“It could be argued that if the Greeks knew the principle of gearing, they should have had no difficulty in constructing mechanisms as complex as epicyclic gears.”
“At least 20 gear wheels of the mechanism have been preserved, including a very sophisticated assembly of gears that were mounted eccentrically on a turntable and probably functioned as a sort of epicyclic or differential, gear-system.”
“Mr Wright found evidence that the Antikythera mechanism would have been able to reproduce the motions of the sun and moon accurately, using an epicyclic model devised by Hipparchus, and of the planets Mercury and Venus, using an epicyclic model derived by Apollonius of Perga.”
“It's logical in the epicyclic sense that you can always make up a new logical rule to cover each exception.”
“When the definition of an epicyclic train is restricted as it is by”
“A favorite illustration of the peculiarities of epicyclic mechanism, introduced both by Prof. Willis and Prof. Goodeve, is found in the contrivance known as Ferguson's Mechanical Paradox, shown in Fig. 18.”
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