Syzygy meaning

sĭzə-jē
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(astronomy, astrology) A kind of unity, namely an alignment of three celestial bodies (for example, the Sun, Earth, and Moon) such that one body is directly between the other two, such as occurs at an eclipse.
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(mathematics) A relation between generators of a module.
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The combining of two feet into a single metrical unit in classical prosody.
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A pair of things, esp. a pair of opposites.
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(astron.) A configuration of three celestial bodies, as of the sun, earth, and moon during an eclipse, in an approximately straight line.
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(gr. & latin prosody) A measure of two feet, as a dipody.
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Either of two points in the orbit of a celestial body where the body is in opposition to or in conjunction with the Sun.
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(psychology) An archetypal pairing of contrasexual opposites, symbolizing the communication of the conscious and unconscious minds.
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(medicine) The fusion of some or all of the organs.
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(zoology) The association of two protozoa end-to-end or laterally for the purpose of asexual exchange of genetic material.
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(zoology) The pairing of chromosomes in meiosis.
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Origin of syzygy

  • Late Latin sȳzygia from Greek suzugiā union from suzugos paired sun-, su- syn- zugon yoke yeug- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Late Latin syzygia (“conjunction"), from Ancient Greek σύζυγος (syzygos, “yoked together"). This word was recognized as English in 1847 (astronomically).

    From Wiktionary