An Etymological Dictionary of Astronomy and Astrophysics

فرهنگ ریشه شناختی اخترشناسی-اخترفیزیک

M. Heydari-Malayeri    -    Paris Observatory



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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.


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".


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.

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.

  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.

  آختیدن، آخطیدن   

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.


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.

  آختش، آخطش   

Fr.: alignement   

The fact of being in line or bringing into line.

Verbal noun of → align; → -ment.

Alioth (ε Ursae Majoris)
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)
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.

qalyâ (#)

Fr.: alcali   

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

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

Qalyâ, loan from Ar., as above.

alkali line
  خط ِ قلیایی   
xatt-e qalyâyi

Fr.: raie alcaline   

A spectral line produced by an → alkali metal.

alkali; → line.

alkali metal
  فلز ِ قلیایی   
felez-e qalyâyi (#)

Fr.: métal alcalin   

Any of the chemical elements belonging to group A of the → periodic table, which burn vigorously in air; i.e. → lithium, → sodium, → potassium, → rubidium, → cesium, and → francium. Alkali metals have a → valence of one and are softer and less dense than other metals.

alkali; → metal.

qalyayi (#)

Fr.: alkalin   

Having the properties of an → alkali; having a → pH greater than 7.0.

From alkal(i) + -ine a suffix denoting "of or pertaining to," "of the nature of," "like."

From qalyâ, → alkali, + -yi adj. suffix.

alkaline earth metal
  فلز ِ قلیایی ِ خاکی   
felez-e qalyâyi-ye xâki (#)

Fr.: terre alcaline   

Any of the metallic chemical elements belonging to group 2 of the → periodic table; i.e. → beryllium, → magnesium, → calcium, → strontium, → barium, and → radium. They are not found free in the nature because they are highly reactive.

alkaline; → earth; → metal.

Felez, → metal; qalyâyi, → alkaline; xâki "of or pertaining to soil," from xâk, → soil.

hamé (#)

Fr.: tout, tous   

The whole quantity or amount.

M.E. al, plural alle; O.E. eall "all, every, entire;" cf. O.Fris., O.H.G. al, O.N. allr, Goth. alls.

Hamé- "all," variant hami "all the time, always;" Mid.Pers. hamâg "all," hamê "all the time, always;" Av. hama- "any;" cf. Skt. sama-"any, every, whichever;" Gk. amo-then "whichever;" Goth. sums "any;" O.N. sumr "any;" O.E. sum "some;" E. some.

all-sky survey
  بردید ِ همه-آسمان   
bardid-e hame-âsmân

Fr.: relevé sur tout le ciel   

A → survey that collects data on the whole sky. For example the infrared → Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) and the X-ray → ROSAT All-Sky Survey.

all; → sky; → survey.

hamdasti (#)

Fr.: alliance   

1) The act of allying or state of being allied; the result of this action.
2) A union to advance the common interests of the members.

M.E., from O.Fr. aliance, from al(ier) "to ally," → alloy, + → -ance.

Hamdasti, literally "joining hand," from ham-, → com-, + dast, → hand, + -i noun suffix.

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