Origin of azimuthMiddle English and amp; Old French azimut ; from Arabic as-sum?t ; from as ; from al, the + sum?t, plural of samt, way, path
- The horizontal angular distance from a reference direction, usually the northern point of the horizon, to the point where a vertical circle through a celestial body intersects the horizon, usually measured clockwise. Sometimes the southern point is used as the reference direction, and the measurement is made clockwise through 360°.
- The horizontal angle of the observer's bearing in surveying, measured clockwise from a referent direction, as from the north, or from a referent celestial body, usually Polaris.
- The lateral deviation of a projectile or bomb.
Origin of azimuthMiddle English azimut, from Old French, from Arabic as-sum&umacron;t, pl. of as-samt, the way, compass bearing : al-, the + samt, way (from Latin s&emacron;mita, path; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots).
From Old French *azimut, from Arabic السمت (as-samt, “direction”). Cognate to modern French azimut.
azimuth - Computer Definition
The trajectory of an angle measured in degrees going clockwise from a base point. A disk azimuth alignment test checks for the correct positioning of the read/write head to the track.