An Etymological Dictionary of Astronomy and Astrophysics

فرهنگ ریشه شناختی اخترشناسی-اخترفیزیک

M. Heydari-Malayeri    -    Paris Observatory



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piyon (#)

Fr.: pion   

An unstable nuclear particle of mass intermediate between that of a proton and an electron; also called π meson.

From pi (meson) + → -on.

  ۱) لوله؛ ۲) پیپ   
1) lulé (#); 2) pip (#)

Fr.: 1) tube, tuyau, conduit; 2) pipe   

1) A long tube of metal, plastic, etc, used to conduct water, oil, gas, etc.
2) A device consisting of a tube used for smoking.

M.E., O.E. pipe "musical wind instrument; tube," from V.L. *pipa "a pipe," from L. pipare "to chirp, to peep," of imitative origin (cf. It. pipa, Fr. pipe, Ger. Pfeife, Du. pijp).

1) Lulé, → tube.
2) Pip loan from Fr., as above.

Pipe Nebula
  میغ ِ پیپ   
miq-e pip

Fr.: Nébuleuse de la Pipe   

An extended complex of → molecular clouds in the constellation → Ophiuchus, apparently shaped like a smoker's pipe, about 5° in size and located about 5° away from the → Galactic center. It has a mass of 104 solar masses, lies at a distance of about 130 pc, and is among the closest molecular clouds to Earth. The Pipe Nebula includes a number of → dark nebulae, including Barnard 59, 65, 66, 67, 77, 244, and 256. It is of particular interest because of the almost complete lack of → star formation within it. This cloud is an extremely rare example of a relatively massive molecular cloud that may be in a state of evolution prior to the onset of significant star-forming activity.

pipe; → nebula.

  خط ِ لوله   
xatt-e lulé (#)

Fr.: pipeline, conduite, gazoduc, oléoduc, canalisation   

1) A long tubular conduit or series of pipes used to transport crude oil, natural gas, water, etc., often underground and over great distances.
2) A channel or process along which something passes or is provided at a steady rate.

pipe; → line.

Mâhi (#)

Fr.: Poissons   

The Fishes. An extensive but faint constellation of the → Zodiac, representing a pair of fishes, located in the northern hemisphere, at 1h right ascension, 15° north declination. Abbreviation: Psc; genitive: Piscium.

L., plural of piscis "fish," cognate with Goth. fisks, O.E. fisc.

Mâhi "fish," from Mid.Pers. mâhik; Av. masya-; cf. Skt. matsya-, Pali maccha-.

Piscis Austrinus
  ماهی ِ دشتری   
Mâhi-ye daštari

Fr.: Poisson austral   

The Southern Fish. A small constellation in the southern hemisphere, at 22h 30m right ascension, 30° south declination. Its brightest star, → Fomalhaut, has apparent visual magnitude 1.3. Abbreviation: PsA; genitive: Piscis Austrini.

L. piscis "fish," cognate with Goth. fisks, O.E. fisc; austrinus "southern."

Mâhi "fish," → Pisces; daštari "southern," → south.

piston (#)

Fr.: piston   

A disk or cylindrical part tightly fitting and moving within a cylinder, either to compress or move a fluid collected in the cylinder, as air or water, or to transform energy imparted by a fluid entering or expanding inside the cylinder, as compressed air, explosive gases, or steam, into a rectilinear motion usually transformed into rotary motion by means of a connecting rod (

From Fr. piston, from M.Fr. piston "large pestle," from O.It. pistone "a piston," from pestare "to pound," from L.L. pistare, from pistare "to pound."


Fr.: hauteur   

The sensation of a sound frequency; the relative highness or lowness that we hear in a sound. A high pitch sound corresponds to a high frequency sound wave and a low pitch sound corresponds to a low frequency sound wave. In music, a sound that has a definite pitch is called a → tone. Sounds may be generally characterized by pitch, → loudness, and → quality.

M.E. picchen "to thrust, pierce, set;" maybe akin to pick.

Dong "voice, sound," variants bâng, vâng, vang, zang, Tabari šong "cry;" related to vâž, → word.

pitchbelende (#)

Fr.: pitchbelende   

A natural ore consisting mainly of → uranium oxide, U3O8, with small amounts of → radium, of which is the principal source. It usually contains some → lead and variable amounts of → thorium and → rare-earth elements.

From Ger. Pechblende, from Pech "pitch" (from its black color) + Blende "a mineral."

Pitot tube
  لوله‌ی ِ پیتو   
lule-ye Pitot

Fr.: tube de Pitot   

A → device used to → measure the → velocity of a flowing → fluid. The Pitot tube is used on → aircrafts to determine their → speed. It is also used to meaure water speed of a boat as well as liquid, air, and gas velocities in industrial applications. It is a small tube that has two holes on it. The front hole is placed in the airstream to measure the → stagnation pressure. The side hole measures the → static pressure. The difference between these pressures gives the → dynamic pressure, which can be used to calculate airspeed. See also the → Bernoulli equation.

Named after the French inventor Henri Pitot (1695-1771), a hyraulic engineer; → tube.

piksel (#)

Fr.: pixel   

The smallest useful element of image information.

From pix, plural of pic, short for → picture + el, from → element.

jâ (#)

Fr.: place, lieu   

An area, position, or portion of space. → mean place

O.E. from O.Fr. place, from M.L. placea "place, spot," from L. platea "courtyard, open space, broad street," from Gk. plateia (hodos) "broad (way)," feminine of platus "broad;" cognate with Av. pərəθu- "broad;" Skt. prthú- "broad, wide;" Lith. platus "broad;" Ger. Fladen "flat cake;" O.Ir. lethan "broad;" PIE base *plat- "to spread."

"place" (from Mid.Pers. giyag "place;" O.Pers. ā-vahana- "place, village;" Av. vah- "to dwell, stay," vanhaiti "he dwells, stays;" Skt. vásati "he dwells;" Gk. aesa (nukta) "to pass (the night);" Ossetic wat "room; bed; place;" Tokharian B wäs- "to stay, wait;" PIE base ues- "to stay, live, spend the night").

place-value notation
  نمادگان ِ جا-ارزشی   
nemâdgân-e jâ-arezeši

Fr.: notation positionnelle   

A mathematical notation system in which the → numerals get different values depending on their position relative to the other numerals. Same as → positional notation and → positional number system.

place; → value; → notation.

plâž (#)

Fr.: plage   

A bright cloud-like feature that appears in the vicinity of a sunspot. Plages represent regions of higher temperature and density within the chromosphere. They are particularly visible when photographed through filters passing the spectral light of hydrogen or calcium.

From Fr., from It. piaggia, from L.L. plagia "shore;" noun use of the feminine of plagius "horizontal;" frpm Gk. plagios "slanting, sideways" from plag(os) "side" + -ios adj. suffix.

Plâž, loan from Fr., as above.

dašt (#)

Fr.: plaine   

An extent of flat land not noticeably diversified with mountains, hills, or valleys.

M.E. from O.Fr. plain, from L. planum "level ground, plain."

Dašt, from Mid.Pers. dašt "plain, open ground."

  ۱) پیشگار؛ ۲) پیشگاریدن، پیشگاشتن   
1) pišgâr; 2) pišgâridan, pišgâštan

Fr.: 1) plan; 2) planifier, préparer   

1a) A scheme or method of acting, doing, proceeding, making, etc., developed in advance.
1b) A representation of a thing drawn on a plane, as a map or diagram.
2a) To arrange a method or scheme beforehand for.
2b) To make plans for (

M.E., from Fr. plan "ground plan, map," literally "plane surface," from L. planum "level or flat surface," noun use of adjective planus "level, flat" (from PIE root *pele- "flat; to spread;" Gk. plassein "to mold," plasma "something molded or created;" L. planus "flat, level, even, plain, clear;" Lith. plonas "thin;" O.C.S. polje "flat land, field," Russ. polyi "open;" O.E. feld, M.Du. veld "field."

Pišgâr, literally "beforehand written, painted in advance," from piš- "before, in front," → pre-, + gâr present stem of negâridan, negâštan "to paint, write," → graph.

taxt- (#)

Fr.: plan-   

Variant of → plano-.



Fr.: Planck   

Short for Max Planck (1858-1947), German physicist, great authority on thermodynamics and creator of the quantum theory.

Planck curve
  خم ِ پلانک   
xam-e Planck

Fr.: courbe de Planck   

Same as → blackbody curve.

Planck; → curve.

Planck density
  چگالی ِ پلانک   
cagâli-ye Planck

Fr.: densité de Planck   

The density corresponding to a → Planck mass in a cubic region of edge length given by the → Planck length: ρP = c5/(ħG2) ≅ 5.16 x 1093 g cm-3, where c is the → speed of light, ħ is the → reduced Planck's constant, and G is the → gravitational constant.

Planck; → density.

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