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NADIR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does nadir mean? 

NADIR (noun)
  The noun NADIR has 2 senses:

1. an extreme state of adversity; the lowest point of anything
2. the point below the observer that is directly opposite the zenith on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected

  Familiarity information: NADIR used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


NADIR (noun)


Sense 1nadir [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An extreme state of adversity; the lowest point of anything

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

low-water mark; nadir

Hypernyms ("nadir" is a kind of...):

adversity; hard knocks; hardship (a state of misfortune or affliction)


Sense 2nadir [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The point below the observer that is directly opposite the zenith on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Hypernyms ("nadir" is a kind of...):

celestial point (a point in the heavens (on the celestial sphere))

Holonyms ("nadir" is a part of...):

celestial sphere; empyrean; firmament; heavens; sphere; vault of heaven; welkin (the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected)

Antonym:

zenith (the point above the observer that is directly opposite the nadir on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected)


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