Definitions of declination

  1. a downward slope or bend
  2. The act or state of bending downward; inclination; as, declination of the head.
  3. The act or state of falling off or declining from excellence or perfection; deterioration; decay; decline.
  4. The act of deviating or turning aside; oblique motion; obliquity; withdrawal.
  5. The act or state of declining or refusing; withdrawal; refusal; averseness.
  6. The angular distance of any object from the celestial equator, either northward or southward.
  7. The act of inflecting a word; declension. See Decline, v. t., 4.
  8. The act or state of bending, or moving, downwards; dipping, as the declination of a magnetic needle; a slant from some definite direction; decline; decay; the distance of a heavenly body north or south of the equator; nonacceptance.
  9. Act of declining; descent; in astr., distance from the celestial equator.
  10. The act of declining; descent; slope; deterioration; decay.
  11. Refusal; non - acceptance.
  12. Astron. The angular distance of a heavenly body from the celestial equator.
  13. The act of bending down; a declining or falling into a worse state; decay; deterioration; gradual appeasement or calming down; oblique motion; deviation from rectitude; refusal; declension; the distance north or south of any object from the celestial equator Declination of the compass or needle, the variation of the needle from the true meridian of a place. The declination of a wall or plane, an arch of the horizon, contained between the plane and the prime vertical circle, if reckoned from the east or west, or between the meridian and the plane, if reckoned from the north or south.
  14. Deviation; falling to a worse state or condition; in astron., a variation from a fixed line or point.