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Post by Harry » Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:20 am

We define syzygy as "the nearly straight-line configuration of three celestial bodies (such as the sun, moon, and earth during a solar or lunar eclipse) in a gravitational system." The word comes from the Greek syzygos, meaning "yoked together." The word has been used to describe celestial mattes since the 17th century.

I can't ferret out a definition for the word as used in this graph from a Webster dictionary. Help!
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:54 am

I suspect that celestial matters was intended, but was mistyped.
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Post by Harry » Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:32 pm

Makes sense. Thank you sir.
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