Syzygy definition

sĭzə-jē
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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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(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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(psychology) An archetypal pairing of contrasexual opposites, symbolizing the communication of the conscious and unconscious minds.
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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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(mathematics) A relation between generators of a module.
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(gr. & latin prosody) A measure of two feet, as a dipody.
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The combining of two feet into a single metrical unit in classical prosody.
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Either of two points in the orbit of a solar system body where the body is in opposition to or in conjunction with the sun.
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Either of two points in the orbit of the moon when the moon lies in a straight line with the sun and Earth.
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The configuration of the sun, the moon, and Earth lying in a straight line.
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Either of the two points in the orbit of the Moon when it lies in a straight line with the Sun and Earth. A new moon syzygy occurs when the Moon is between the Sun and the Earth; a full moon syzygy occurs when the Earth is between the Moon and the Sun.
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The configuration of the Sun, Moon, and Earth when lying in a straight line.
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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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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
syzygy
Plural:
syzygies

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