(astronomy) The axis of a projected conical shadow; the direction of the force of gravity at a location; down.
(beekeeping) To extend (a beehive) by adding an empty box at the base.
Other Word Forms of Nadir
Origin of Nadir
Unknown. It has been suggested that it is from Arabic نَزِير (nazÄ«r, “rare, trivial"), but if it is Arabic, perhaps more likely would be نَذِير (naḍīr, “auspicious, boding well (?)") Represents the word 'rare' in hebrew
From Medieval Latin nadir, from Arabic نَظِيرُ السَّمْت (naẓīru as-samt), composed of السَمْتُ (as-samt, “the zenith") and نَظِير (naẓīr, “counterpart, corresponding to").
Middle English from Medieval Latin from Arabic naẓīr (as-samt) opposite (the zenith) from naẓara to see, watch nṯr in Semitic roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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