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Mean distance   /min dˈɪstəns/   Listen
Mean distance

noun
1.
The arithmetic mean of the maximum and minimum distances of a celestial body (satellite or secondary star) from its primary.






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"Mean distance" Quotes from Famous Books



... out[1] that the numerical results of experiments on gases render it probable that the mean distance of their particles at the ordinary temperature and pressure is a quantity of the same order of magnitude as a millionth of a millimetre, and Sir William Thomson has since[2] shewn, by several independent lines of argument, drawn from ...
— Five of Maxwell's Papers • James Clerk Maxwell

... by one degree of selenographical latitude and longitude at the centre of the moon's disc, when at its mean distance ...
— The Moon - A Full Description and Map of its Principal Physical Features • Thomas Gwyn Elger

... stretching north and south between regions of drought and desolation, a prolonged oasis on the banks of the river, made by the Nile, and sustained by the Nile. The whole length of the land is shut in by two ranges of hills, roughly parallel at a mean distance ...
— The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI. • Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton

... United States winds along the whole of this immense line, sometimes falling within its limits, but more frequently extending far beyond it, into the waste. It has been calculated that the whites advance every year a mean distance of seventeen miles along the whole of his vast boundary. *j Obstacles, such as an unproductive district, a lake or an Indian nation unexpectedly encountered, are sometimes met with. The advancing column then halts for ...
— Democracy In America, Volume 1 (of 2) • Alexis de Tocqueville

... is a point in a pendulum or any swinging body, such, that if all the matter of the body were to be collected into that point, the velocity of its vibration would remain unaffected. It is in fact the mean distance from the centre of suspension of every atom, in a ratio which happens not to be an arithmetical one. The centre of oscillation is always in a line passing through the centre of suspension and the centre ...
— A Catechism of the Steam Engine • John Bourne

... have no reason to think that the mean distance of the earth from the sun has sensibly altered. There have been changes in the eccentricity of the orbit (making the earth's distance from the sun less in one month and greater in the opposite month), but I do not perceive ...
— Autobiography of Sir George Biddell Airy • George Biddell Airy



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