- the period of about eleven days by which the solar year exceeds the lunar year of twelve months
- the age, in days, of the calendar moon on the first of the year
Origin of epactFrench épacte ; from Late Latin epactae ; from Classical Greek epaktai (hemerai), intercalary (days) ; from epagein, to bring in, intercalate ; from epi-, on, in + agein, to bring, lead: see act
The period of time necessary to bring the solar calendar into harmony with the lunar calendar.
Origin of epactFrench épacte, from Late Latin epacta, from Greek epakt&emacron; (h&emacron;mera), intercalary (day), feminine of epaktos, brought in, inserted, from epagein, to bring in, introduce : ep-, epi-, epi- + agein, to lead; see ag- in Indo-European roots.
- the time (number of days) by which a solar year exceeds twelve lunar months; it is used in the calculation of the date of Easter