Primum-mobile Definition

prīməm mōbə-lē, prēməm mōbĭ-lā
noun
In the Ptolemaic system, the tenth and outermost concentric sphere, revolving from east to west around the earth and causing all celestial bodies to revolve with it.
Webster's New World
(theology, philosophy) The prime mover or first cause.
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Noun

Singular:
primum-mobile
Plural:
prima mobilia

Origin of Primum-mobile

  • Medieval Latin prīmum mōbile prīmum neuter of prīmus first mōbile from neuter of mōbilis movable (translation of Arabic al-muḥarrik al-’awwal) (al- the) (muḥarrik mover) (’awwal first)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Post-classical Latin (from Latin prÄ«mum neuter of prÄ«mus "˜first' + mōbile, from mobilis "˜mobile'), translating Arabic.

    From Wiktionary

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