Crossword clues for octant
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Octant \Oc"tant\, n. [L. octans, -antis. fr. octo eight. See Octave.]
(Geom.) The eighth part of a circle; an arc of 45 degrees.
(Astron. & Astrol.) The position or aspect of a heavenly body, as the moon or a planet, when half way between conjunction, or opposition, and quadrature, or distant from another body 45 degrees.
An instrument for measuring angles (generally called a quadrant), having an arc which measures up to 9O[deg], but being itself the eighth part of a circle. Cf. Sextant.
(Math. & Crystallog.) One of the eight parts into which a space is divided by three co["o]rdinate planes.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
n. 1 The eighth part of a circle; an arc of 45 degrees. 2 (context geometry English): The eighth part of a disc; a sector of 45 degrees; half a quadrant. 3 (context nautical English): An instrument for measuring angles, particularly of elevation.
n. a measuring instrument for measuring angles to a celestial body; similar to a sextant but with 45 degree calibration
Octant may refer to:
- Octant (plane geometry), 1/8th of the full circle
- Octant (solid geometry), one of the 8 divisions of the 3-D space by coordinate planes
- Octant (circle), a circular segment
- Octant (instrument) for celestial navigation
- The Octant, constellation Octans
- Octant (band), from Seattle, Washington
Octant is an experimental noise rock band formed in 1999 in Washington State. They created two full-length albums which were released on Up Records. The band was a duo led by multi-instrumentalist and instrument-designer Matt Steinke. Tassany Zimmerman primarily played electric synthesizer. Octant's live show included an electro-mechanical automated drum machine. This machine was designed and built by Matt Steinke.
In 2010, Matt Steinke announced a Kickstarter for a new Octant record. Zimmerman was not involved. The self-titled album was released on January 15, 2011.
Usage examples of "octant".
Torve the Trog was eating from a heaping plate of kumquats, Morovian sugar-grass, and ruvelo, a red root-paste common in this octant as a staple starch.
Sailors could tell their latitude by the angle of the sun off the horizon, had been doing it for a thousand years with cross-staffs, astrolabes, octants and sextants.
There were no instruments in the taxi, no built-in octants, no patent logs, no computers.