An Etymological Dictionary of Astronomy and Astrophysics
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algebraic equation
  هموگش ِ جبری   
hamugeš-e jabri

Fr.: équation algébrique   

An equation in the form of P = 0, where P is a → polynomial having a finite number of terms.

algebra; → equation.

algebraic function
  کریای ِ جبری   
karyâ-ye jabri

Fr.: fonction algébrique   

A function expressed in terms of → polynomials and/or roots of polynomials. In other words, any function y = f(x) which satisfies an equation of the form P0(x)yn + P1(x)yn - 1 + ... + Pn(x) = 0, where P0(x), P1(x), ..., Pn(x) are polynomials in x.

algebraic + → function.

algebraic number
  عدد ِ جبری   
adad-e jabri (#)

Fr.: nombre algébrique   

A number, → real or → complex, that is a → root of a → non-zero polynomial equation whose → coefficients are all → rational. For example, the root x of the polynomial x2 - 2x + 1 = 0 is an algebraic number, because the polynomial is non-zero and the coefficients are rational numbers. The imaginary number i is algebraic, because it is the solution to x2 + 1 = 0.

algebraic; → number.

Algenib (γ Pegasi)
  الجنب   
Aljanb (#)

Fr.: Algenib   

A star which lies at the lower left-hand corner of → Pegasus. Its apparent magnitude varies between +2.80 and +2.86 over a period of 3.6 hours; → spectral type B2 IV.

Algenib, from Ar. Aljanb al-Faras "the horse's flank," from al "the" + janb "flank" + faras "horse".

Algieba (γ Leo)
  جبهه   
Jebhé (#)

Fr.: Algieba   

A binary system in Leo the brighter component of which (magnitude 2.6) is a giant K star and the partner a giant G (magnitude 3.8). The angular separation of just over 4'' means that the two stars are at least 170 AU apart, for a distance of 126 → light-years, and have an orbital period of over 500 years.

Algieba, from Ar. Al-Jabhah "the forehead" (of the Lion).

Algol (β Persei)
  الغول، رأس‌الغول   
Alqul, Ra's-ol-Qul (#)

Fr.: Algol   

A variable star in the constellation → Perseus, which was the first eclipsing binary discovered. Its brightness varies between 2.2 and 3.5 magnitudes. Lying at a distance of about 82 → light-years, it consists of at least three components. The brightest component (A) is of spectral type B8 V, and the second one (B) a K type giant. The components A and B turn around each other with a period of about 68.8 hours.

Algol, from Ar. Ra's al-ghul "the ghoul's head".

Algol-type variables
  ورتندگان ِ الغولگونه   
vartandegân-e Alqulguné

Fr.: variables de type Algol   

The same as eclipsing binary stars, the prototype of which is Algol.

Algol; → variable.

algorithm
  خوارزمیک   
xârazmik (#)

Fr.: algorithme   

1) A step-by-step problem-solving procedure, especially an established, recursive computational procedure for solving a problem in a finite number of steps.
2) Historically, the Arabic system of arithmetical notation (with the figures 1, 2, 3, etc.); the art of computation with the Arabic figures, one to nine, plus the zero; arithmetic.

From M.L. algorismus, a mangled transliteration of al-Khwarizmi, "native of Khwarazm," the surname of the Persian mathematician and astronomer Abu Ja'far Mohammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi (c780-c850).

Xârazmik, from Xârazmi (or Xwârazmi, from Xwârazm), the name of the Persian mathematician, + Persian affix → -ik, → -ics.

alias
  انیا   
anyâ

Fr.: alias   

General:An assumed name; otherwise called.
Electronics: A false signal in telecommunication links from beats between signal frequency and sampling frequency.

From L. alius "(an)other". Compare with Skt. anya "other, different," Av. anya-, O.Pers. aniya- "the one or the other," Arm. ail, Gk. allos "another," Goth. aljis "other". PIE *al- "beyond".

Anyâ from Mid.Pers. anya "other, otherwise," from Av. anya "other". This term is used as eyni in the Modern Persian Aftari dialect: eyni sâl "other year," eyni vacé "other child".

aliasing
  انیایی   
anyâyi

Fr.: réplication   

The condition that two or more functions are indistinguishable because they have the same values at a finite set of points. Such functions are said to be aliases of each others. The aliasing problem often occurs in undersampled discrete Fourier transform.

Aliasing, from → alias + → -ing.

Anyâyi, from anyâ, → alias, + noun forming suffix -i.

alidade
  عضاده   
ezâdé (#)

Fr.: alidade   

1) In a → planispheric astrolabe, the small revolving rod fixed to the center of the goniometric scale plotted on the → front or → back of the instrument. Unlike the → rule, the alidade has little vanes with holes or slots at each end, called → pinnules, which are used as sights, through which the observer can aim at a particular object. An index, often consisting of the edge of the alidade itself, shows on the goniometric scales the angle between the line of sight of the targeted object and a predetermined axis, i.e. the vertical of the observation locality (online museo galileo, VirtualMuseum).
2) A rule having a sight at each end, used in surveying.
3) A topographic surveying and mapping instrument used for determining directions, consisting of a telescope and attached parts.

M.E. allidatha, alhidade, from L. alhidada, from Ar. al-'izâda (العضاده), from al- "the" + 'izâda "an armlet, a bracelet; a sickle-like piece of metal, used by camel drivers, to pull down tree branches to camels."

Ezâdé, from Ar. al-'izâda.

alien
  بیگانه، بیگان   
bigâné (#), bigân

Fr.: 1) espèce envahissante; 2) extraterrestre   

1) A species not native to its environment; an introduced species.
2) A hypothetical creature from outer space; → extraterrestrial.

M.E., from O.Fr. alien "strange, foreign; a stranger, foreigner," from L. alienus "of or belonging to another, foreign, alien, strange," also, as a noun, "a stranger, foreigner," adjectival form of alius "(an)other," → alias; meaning "not of the Earth" first recorded 1920.

Bigâné "alien, foreigner," from Mid.Pers. bêgânag, from bêg-, bê- "out, outside, apart" (cf. Sogd. bêk "out, outside, apart, except," bêk-dênê "heretic," literally "out of religion") + suffix -ânag.

align
  آختیدن، آخطیدن   
âxatidan

Fr.: aligner   

To arrange in a line or so as to be parallel; to adjust to produce a proper relationship or orientation.

M.Fr. aligner, from O.Fr. aligner, from à "to" + ligner "to line," from L. lineare, from linea "linen thread, string, line;" → line.

Âxatidan, from â- intesive and nuance prefix + xat, → line, + infinitive suffix -idan.

align a telescope
  آختیدن ِ دوربین، ~ تلسکوپ   
âxatidan-e durbin, ~ teleskop

Fr.: aligner un télescope   

Setting the axis of a telescope parallel to prime directions. In equatorial mounting, they are made parallel with the Earth's axis of rotation and the equator respectively. → collimation.

align; → telescope.

aligned
  آختیده   
âxatidé

Fr.: aligné   

Arranged in a → straight line.

Past participle of → align.

aligned magnetic field
  میدان ِ مغناطیسی ِ آختیده   
meydân-e meqnâtisi-ye âxatidé

Fr.: champ magnétique aligné   

A magnetic field whose lines of force are oriented along a particular direction or by a particular manner (axially, vertically; randomly, properly, etc.)

aligned; → magnetic field.

alignment
  آختش، آخطش   
âxateš

Fr.: alignement   

The fact of being in line or bringing into line.

Verbal noun of → align; → -ment.

Alioth (ε Ursae Majoris)
  جون   
Jown (#)

Fr.: Alioth   

The brightest of the seven stars that make up the → Big Dipper → asterism. Alioth shines at magnitude +1.77 from a distance of about 80 → light-years. It is a white star of → spectral type A0pCr. The spectrum of the star is characterized by abnormally strong lines of → chromium and → europium.

Alioth, from Aliot, from Ar. Alyat (الیه) "tail, buttocks".

Jown, from Ar. Jawn "black camel or horse".

Alkaid (η Ursae Majoris)
  قاعد   
Qâed (#)

Fr.: Alkaïd   

The second brightest star in → Ursa Major and the end star in the handle of the → Big Dipper. Alkaid is a blue B3V main sequence star of apparent magnitude of 1.86 and lies at about 100 → light-years.

Alkaid "leader, chief," from Al-Qa'id al-Banat an-Na'ash "the leader of the daughters of the bier," from Banat "daughters" + Na'ash "bier". Banat an-Na'ash is the Ar. name of the constellation.

Qâed from Ar. Al-Qa'id.

alkali
  قلیا   
qalyâ (#)

Fr.: alcali   

A substance that dissolves in water to give hydroxide ions. A generic name for → bases.

M.E. alkaly, from M.fr. alcali, M.L. alkali, from Ar. al-qily (القلی) "salt wort," a plant growing in alkaline soils.

Qalyâ, loan from Ar., as above.

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