An Etymological Dictionary of Astronomy and Astrophysics

فرهنگ ریشه شناختی اخترشناسی-اخترفیزیک

M. Heydari-Malayeri    -    Paris Observatory



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equilibrium state
  استات ِ ترازمندی، حالت ِ ~   
estât-e tarâzmandi, hâlat-e ~

Fr.: état d'équilibre   

A state in which a → thermodynamic system is in → thermodynamic equilibrium.

equilibrium; → state.


Fr.: équinoxial   

Of or relating to an equinox or to the equality of day and night.

Adjective of → equinox.

equinoctial colure
  کلدم ِ هموگانی   
koldom-e hamugâni

Fr.: colure d'équinoxe   

The great circle of the celestial sphere through the celestial poles and equinoxes; the hour circle of the vernal equinox. → colure.

equinoctial; → colure.

equinoctial points
  نقطه‌ها‌ی ِ هموگانی   
noqtehâ-ye hamugâni

Fr.: points équinoxiaux   

One of the two points of intersection of the ecliptic and the celestial equator. Same as equinox.

equinoctial; → point.


Fr.: équinoxe   

1) One of the two points on the → celestial sphere where the → celestial equator intersects the → ecliptic, that is when the apparent → ecliptic longitude of the Sun is 0° or 180°.
2) Either of the times at which the center of the Sun's disk passes through these points. → autumnal equinox; → vernal equinox.
At equinox, the length of the day and the night are equal all over the globe. The equinox is not a fixed point; it moves due to → precession and → nutation. If only precession is considered, we deal with the → mean equinox of date. If nutation is also taken into account, then we are concerned with the → true equinox.

M.E., from O.Fr. équinoxe, from M.L. equinoxium "equality of night (and day)," from L. æquinoctium, from æquus, "→ equal" + nox "→ night" (gen. noctis). In Gk. isimeria "equal day," from isos "equal," → iso-, + hemera "day."

From hamug, → equal, + -ân suffix denoting time and place.

equipartition of energy
  هموگپاری ِ کاروژ   
hamugpâri-ye kâruž

Fr.: équipartition de l'énergie   

1) General: Equal sharing of the → total energy among all → components of a → system.
2) In the → kinetic theory of gases, the → theorem according to which → molecules in → thermal equilibrium have the same average energy (1/2 kT) associated with each independent → degree of freedom of their motion.

equi-; → part; → -tion.

equipotential surface
  رویه‌ی ِ هموگ-توند   
ruye-ye hamugtavand

Fr.: surface équipotentielle   

An imaginary surface surrounding a body, or group of bodies, over which the gravitational field is of constant strength and, at all points, is directed perpendicular to the surface. For a single star the surface is spherical. In a close binary system the equipotential surface of the components interact to become hourglass-shaped. → Roche lobe; → Lagrangian points.

From → equi-; → potential; → surface.

hamug-arzi (#)

Fr.: équivalence   

The state or fact of being equivalent; equality in value, force, significance, etc. → covalence.

From M.F. from M.L. æquivalentia, from L. æquivalent-, → equivalent.

Hamug-arzi, noun of hamug-arz, → equivalent.

equivalence principle
  پروز ِ هموگ‌ارزی   
parvaz-e hamug-arzi

Fr.: principe d'équivalence   

A fundamental concept of physics, put forward by A. Einstein, that states that gravitational and inertial forces are of a similar nature and indistinguishable. In other words, acceleration due to gravity is equivalent to acceleration due to other forces, and gravitational mass is the same as inertial mass. Same as the → principle of equivalence.

equivalence; → principle.


Fr.: équivalent   

Equal in value, measure, force, effect, significance, etc.

From L.L. æquivalentem (nominative æquivalens) "equivalent," p.p. of æquivalere "be equivalent," from L. æquus, → equal + valere "to be worth; be strong."

Hamug-arz, from hamug-, → equi-, + arz stem of arzidan "to be worth," arzân "worthy; of small value, cheap," arj "esteem, honour, price, worth;" Mid.Pers. arz "value, worth," arzidan "be worth," arzân "valuable;" Av. arəjaiti "is worth," arəja- "valuable," arəg- "to be worth;" cf. Skt. arh- "to be worth, to earn," árhant- "worthy person;" Gk. alphanein "to bring in as profit," alphein "to ear, obtain;" Lith. algà "salary, pay;" PIE base *algwh- "to earn; price, value."

equivalent depth
  ژرفای ِ هم-ارز   
žarfâ-ye ham-arz

Fr.: profondeur équivalente   

A measure of the number of particles passing a given point in a → planetary ring per unit time. It is obtained by multiplying the physical width of the ring by its average → optical depth. For the variable-width eccentric rings of → Uranus, equivalent depth remains almost constant around a given ring (Ellis et al., 2007, Planetary Ring Systems, Springer).

equivalent; → depth.

equivalent positions
  نهش‌های ِ هموگ‌ارز   
nehešhâ-ye hamug-arz


Complete set of points in any given space group which are obtained by performing the symmetry operations of the space group on a single point (x, y, z).

equivalent; → position.

equivalent width
  پهنای ِ هموگ‌ارز   
pahnâ-ye hamug-arz

Fr.: largeur équivalente   

1) A measure of the → strength of a → spectral line. The equivalent width is the width of a → rectangle centered on a spectral line that, on a plot of → intensity against → wavelength, has the same → area as the line.
2) The width-integrated → optical depth of a → planetary ring. For rings with very small optical depths, the equivalent width is very nearly equal to the equivalent depth (Ellis et al., 2007, Planetary Ring Systems, Springer).

equivalent; → width.

  پاره اسب، کره اسب   
Pâré asb (#), Korré Asb

Fr.: Petit Cheval   

The Foal. A small, faint constellation in the northern hemisphere, lying between → Delphinus and → Pegasus, at 21h 10m right ascension, 5° north declination. Its brightest star, Kitalpha, has a visual magnitude of 3.9. Abbreviation: Equ; Genitive: Equulei.

L. Equuleus "little horse," diminutive of equus "horse," from PIE base *ekwos "horse" (cf. Pers. asb; Av. aspa- "horse;" Skt. áśva-; Gk. hippos; O.E. eoh; Arm. ēš). The origin of Equuleus is not clear. It is not mentioned in any classical Gk. or Roman myths. The first mention of the constellation was in Ptolemy's catalog, where it is referred to as Hippou Protome "the bust or upper part of an animal figure." Some mythologists have associated Equuleus with the foal Celeris, the brother of the winged horse Pegasus, given to Castor by Mercury.

Pâré asb "part of a horse," from pâré "piece, part, portion, fragment" (Mid.Pers. pârag "piece, part, portion; gift, offering, bribe;" Av. pāra- "debt," from par- "to remunerate, equalize; to condemn;" PIE *per- "to sell, hand over, distribute; to assign;" cf. L. pars "part, piece, side, share," portio "share, portion;" Gk. peprotai "it has been granted;" Skt. purti- "reward;" Hitt. pars-, parsiya- "to break, crumble") + asb "horse," Mid.Pers. asb; O.Pers. asa- "horse;" Av. aspa- "horse," aspā- "mare," āsu.aspa- "unbound horse;" Skt. áśvā- "mare;" cognate with L. equus, as above.
Korré asb, from korré "foal, colt of asb," as above. Mod.Pers. korré "baby of an animal, colt;" Laki korr "son, boy," kol "little mare (1-2 years old);" Lori kor "son, boy;" Kurd kur "son, boy;" Malâyeri kora "boy," korra "colt;" cf. Gk. kouros, koros "boy, child;" Skt. kúla- "race, household; herd, flock, multitude," svakúla- "one's own family or race;" Sogd. kur "child." Interestingly, the "group, herd" sense is present also in Pers. dialects Tâleši kavla "group, multitude;" Gilaki kowge "group, tribe."

dowrân (#)

Fr.: ère   

General: A period of time marked by a distinctive character, events, etc.
A system of chronological notation reckoned from a given date.
Geology: A subdivision of geologic time that is longer than a period but shorter than an eon. Precambrian, Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic are the eras of the time scale from oldest to youngest.

From L.L. æra, era "fixed date, era, epoch from which time is reckoned," probably identical with L. æra "counters used for calculation," plural of aes "brass, money," from PIE *aus- "gold" (cf. Av. aiiah- "metal," aiianhaēna- "made of metal;" Skt. áyas- "metal;" O.H.G. ēr "ore;" O.E. ora "ore, unworked metal;" Ger. ehern "brazen").

Dowrân, from Ar. daur "age, time; revolution."

Eratosthenes' method
  روش ِ اراتوستنس   
raveš-e Eratosthenes

Fr.: méthode d'Eratosthène   

A simple way of calculating the Earth's → circumference using two sticks and two theorems of the → Euclidean geometry. Eratosthenes calculated the length of a → meridian arc by measuring the shadow cast by a vertical → gnomon at noon on the → summer solstice. In Cyene (→ tropic of Cancer), no shadow is cast whereas in Alexandria, further north, the shadow is cast at an angle of 1/50 of 360° (measured using a → scaphe), or 7.2°, from the vertical. The circumference is therefore equal to 50 times the distance between the two cities. The distance from Syene to Alexandria was 5,000 stadia, which when multiplied by 50 gives the measure for the Earth's circumference, 250,000 stadia. Estimating the accuracy of this result is not easy because the unit of stadium is not uniquely defined in the ancient world. The most likely reconstruction puts Eratosthenes' stadium in the range 155-185m, implying an error of about 3% below or 15% above the true value. The modern value for the equatorial circumference of the Earth is 40,075 km. As scholars have pointed out, Eratosthenes' experiment was marred by several errors: Syene is not on the Tropic of cancer, it is not on the same meridian as Alexandria, and the distance between the two cities is less than he estimated. But the errors tended to cancel each other out, so his estimate was relatively accurate. See also: → Mamun's method, → Biruni's method.

Eratosthenes (c. 276-194 B.C.), Gk. mathematician, astronomer, and geographer. He studied in Athens and later became a librarian in Alexandria. His treatise On the Measuring of the Earth is lost. The account of his experiment has been preserved in Cleomedes (probably first century A.D.). See also → sieve of Eratosthenes; → experiment.

erg (#)

Fr.: erg   

The → CGS unit of → energy; the → work done by a → force of 1 → dyne acting over a distance of 1 → centimeter. 1 erg = 10-7 → joules = 6.242 × 1011 → electron-volts.

From Gk. ergon "work," from PIE base *werg- "to work" (cf. Av. varəz- "to work, do, perform, exercise;" Mod.Pers. varz-, varzidan "to labor, exercise, practise;" Arm. gorc "work;" Lith. verziu "tie, fasten, squeeze," vargas "need, distress;" Goth. waurkjan; O.E. wyrcan "work," wrecan "to drive, hunt, pursue").

ergodik (#)

Fr.: ergodique   

The property of a dynamical system such that in an interval of sufficient duration, it will return to states that are closely similar to previous ones.

From → erg + Gk. (h)od(os) "way, road" + → ic.


Fr.: ergonomie   

The study of the relationship between people and their working environment, in particular its effect on a person's efficiency. Ergonomics is applied in designing equipment and office systems to maximize productivity by reducing discomfort and fatigue of people in their workplace.

From Gk. ergon "work," → erg, + -nomics, → -nomy, → -ics.

Varzdâtik, from varz "work, " cognate with Gk. ergon, → erg, + dâtik "law, rule," → -nomy.


Fr.: ergosphère   

The region between the → event horizon and the → stationary limit of a rotating → Kerr black hole. It is possible for a particle falling inside the ergosphere to break into two parts, one of which will fall into the black hole and the other will come out.

erg + → sphere.

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