- The definition of a nadir is the lowest point.
An example of nadir is the Great Depression.
This woman has reached her nadir.
- that point of the celestial sphere directly opposite to the zenith and directly below the observer
- the lowest point
Origin of nadirMiddle English ; from Middle French ; from Medieval Latin ; from Arabic naẓīr, in naẓīr as-samt, literally , opposite to the zenith ; from naẓīr, opposite + as-samt, zenith
- Astronomy A point on the celestial sphere directly below the observer, diametrically opposite the zenith.
- The lowest point: the nadir of their fortunes.
Origin of nadirMiddle English, from Medieval Latin, from Arabic na&zlowdot;īr (as-samt), opposite (the zenith), from na&zlowdot;ara, to see, watch; see n&tlowmdot;r in Semitic roots.
- 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.
- (figuratively) The lowest point; time of greatest depression.
- (astronomy) The axis of a projected conical shadow; the direction of the force of gravity at a location; down.
- The nadir of the sun is the axis of the shadow projected by the Earth.
- (beekeeping, archaic) An empty box added beneath a full one in a beehive to give the colony more room to expand or store honey.
(third-person singular simple present nadirs, present participle nadiring, simple past and past participle nadired)
- (beekeeping) To extend (a beehive) by adding an empty box at the base.
- A male given name.
Unknown. It has been suggested that it is from Arabic نَزِير (nazīr, “rare, trivial”), but if it is Arabic, perhaps more likely would be نَذِير (naḍīr, “auspicious, boding well (?)”) Represents the word 'rare' in hebrew