Definitions for: Zodiac

[n] (astrology) a circular diagram representing the 12 zodiacal constellations and showing their signs
[n] a belt-shaped region in the heavens on either side to the ecliptic; divided into 12 constellations or signs for astrological purposes

Webster (1913) Definition: Zo"di*ac, n. [F. zodiaque (cf. It. zodiaco), fr. L.
zodiacus, Gr. ? (sc. ?), fr. ?, dim. of zw^,on an animal,
akin to ? living, ? to live.]
1. (Astron.)
(a) An imaginary belt in the heavens, 16[deg] or 18[deg]
broad, in the middle of which is the ecliptic, or
sun's path. It comprises the twelve constellations,
which one constituted, and from which were named, the
twelve signs of the zodiac.
(b) A figure representing the signs, symbols, and
constellations of the zodiac.

2. A girdle; a belt. [Poetic & R.]

By his side, As in a glistering zodiac, hung the
sword. --Milton.

See Also: Aquarius, Aries, Cancer, Capricorn, Capricornus, celestial sphere, diagram, empyrean, exaltation, firmament, Gemini, heavens, house, Leo, Libra, mansion, part, Pisces, planetary house, region, Sagittarius, Scorpio, Scorpius, sign, sign of the zodiac, sphere, star sign, Taurus, vault of heaven, Virgo, welkin

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