azimuth definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French azimut ; from Arabic as-sumūt ; from as ; from al, the plush sumūt, plural of samt, way, path
- azimuthal adjective
azimuth definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: Middle English azimut, from Old French, from Arabic as-sumūt, pl. of as-samt, the way, compass bearing : al-, the + samt, way (from Latin sēmita, path; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots).
- azˌi·muthˈal adjective
- azˌi·muthˈal·ly adverb
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.
azimuth - Science Definition