see also: Nadir
  • (British) IPA: /ˈneɪ.dɪə(ɹ)/, /ˈnæ.dɪə(ɹ)/, /ˈneɪ.də(ɹ)/, /neɪˈdɪə(ɹ)/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈneɪ.dɪɹ/, /ˈneɪ.dəɹ/, /neɪˈdɪɹ/

nadir (plural nadirs)

  1. The point of the celestial sphere, directly opposite the zenith; inferior pole of the horizon; point of the celestial sphere directly under the place of observation.
    Antonyms: zenith
  2. (figuratively) The lowest point; time of greatest depression.
    Synonyms: lowest ebb, slough of despond, trough, bathos
    Antonyms: height, peak
    • 1837, Henry Hallam, Introduction to the Literature of Europe in the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Centuries:
      quote en
    • 1950, Elizabeth Janeway, in Helen Hull (editor), The Writer’s Book:
      quote en
  3. (astronomy) The axis of a projected conical shadow; the direction of the force of gravity at a location; down.
    Synonyms: down
    The nadir of the sun is the axis of the shadow projected by the Earth.
  4. (beekeeping, archaic) An empty box added beneath a full one in a beehive to give the colony more room to expand or store honey.
    Antonyms: duplet, super
Related terms Translations Translations
  • French: fond
  • Portuguese: nadir
  • Russian: ни́зший у́ровень

nadir (nadirs, present participle nadiring; past and past participle nadired)

  1. (transitive, beekeeping) To extend (a beehive) by adding an empty box at the base.

Proper noun
  1. A male given name.
  2. Surname
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