1. [syn: nadir, low-water mark]
2. the point below the observer that is directly opposite the zenith on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Nadir \Na"dir\ (n[=a]"d[~e]r), n. [F., Sp., & It. nadir; all fr.
Ar. naz[imac]ru's samt nadir, prop., the point opposite the
zenith (as samt), in which naz[imac]r means alike,
corresponding to. Cf. Azimuth, Zenith.]
1. That point of the heavens, or lower hemisphere, directly
opposite the zenith; the inferior pole of the horizon; the
point of the celestial sphere directly under the place
where we stand.
2. The lowest point; the time of greatest depression.
The seventh century is the nadir of the human mind
in Europe. --Hallam.
Nadir of the sun (Astron.), the axis of the conical shadow
projected by the earth. --Crabb.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an extreme state of adversity; the lowest point of anything
[syn: nadir, low-water mark]
2: the point below the observer that is directly opposite the
zenith on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies
appear to be projected [ant: zenith]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
21 Moby Thesaurus words for "nadir":
base, baseboard, basement, bedrock, bottom, chassis, dado, foot,
footing, foundation, frame, keel, lower strata, lowest level,
lowest point, mopboard, shoemold, sole, toe, underlying level,