- 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.
From Medieval Latin nadir, from Arabic Ù†ÙŽØ¸ÙÙŠØ±Ù Ø§Ù„Ø³ÙŽÙ‘Ù…Ù’Øª (naáº“Ä«ru as-samt), composed of Ø§Ù„Ø³ÙŽÙ…Ù’ØªÙ (as-samt, â€œthe zenithâ€) and Ù†ÙŽØ¸ÙÙŠØ± (naáº“Ä«r, â€œcounterpart, corresponding toâ€).
- A male given name.
Unknown. It has been suggested that it is from Arabic Ù†ÙŽØ²ÙÙŠØ± (nazÄ«r, â€œrare, trivialâ€), but if it is Arabic, perhaps more likely would be Ù†ÙŽØ°ÙÙŠØ± (naá¸Ä«r, â€œauspicious, boding well (?)â€) Represents the word 'rare' in hebrew