American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Astronomy A point on the celestial sphere directly below the observer, diametrically opposite the zenith.
- n. The lowest point: the nadir of their fortunes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That point of the heavens which is vertically below any station upon the earth. It is diametrically opposite to the zenith, or point of the heavens vertically above the station. The zenith and the nadir are thus the two poles of the horizon, the nadir being the inferior pole.
- n. Hence The lowest point; the point of extreme depression.
- n. The point of the celestial sphere, directly opposite the zenith; inferior pole of the horizon; point of the celestial sphere directly under the place where we stand.
- n. figuratively The lowest point; time of greatest depression.
- n. astronomy The axis of a projected conical shadow; the direction of the force of gravity at a location; down.
- n. beekeeping, archaic An empty box added beneath a full one in a beehive to give the colony more room to expand or store honey.
- v. transitive, beekeeping To extend (a beehive) by adding an empty box at the base.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. That point of the heavens, or lower hemisphere, directly opposite the zenith; the inferior pole of the horizon; the point of the celestial sphere directly under the place where we stand.
- n. The lowest point; the time of greatest depression.
- n. the point below the observer that is directly opposite the zenith on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected
- n. an extreme state of adversity; the lowest point of anything
- From Medieval Latin nadir, from Arabic نَظِيرُ السَّمْت (naẓīru as-samt), composed of السَمْتُ (as-samt, "the zenith") and نَظِير (naẓīr, "counterpart, corresponding to"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Arabic naẓīr (as-samt), opposite (the zenith), from naẓara, to see, watch; see nṭr in Semitic roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“To see Wes Craven descend back into his late-80s nadir is a tragic thing indeed.”
“The nadir is a middle eight that involves the curly-haired one intoning, "When IIIIIII talk to youuuuuuuuuuuuu, on the phhhooooonnnnneee" as if he actually hates his lover and wants her to bleed from the ears.”
“But market participants expect a near-term nadir for the cash rate of around 2.5%.”
“The depth is called the nadir, the lowest point, opposite the zenith on a celestial body.”
“Fred Malek, told POLITICO the party now sits at its "nadir" - though he, like others, said its best hope is to wait for the economy to tarnish Obama.”
“The nadir is an argument that I’ve never before seen from even the least perceptive Oxenford backer:”
“Truly marking my nadir was the debate on bendy straws, in which I argued both pro and con.”
“The night when he had stumbled into the cafe in Dalton Street might well have been termed the nadir of Hodder's experience.”
“The nadir was the 2008 Olympic trials in Birmingham where, after 18 stop-start months of tendon problems in his feet, he could only finish third.”
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