Definition of ecliptic:
- A great circle drawn on a terrestrial globe, making an angle of 23¡ 28' with the equator; - used for illustrating and solving astronomical problems.
- A great circle of the celestial sphere, making an angle with the equinoctial of about 23¡ 28'. It is the apparent path of the sun, or the real path of the earth as seen from the sun.
- Pertaining to an eclipse or to eclipses.
- Pertaining to the ecliptic; as, the ecliptic way.
- "Pioneers of Science", Oliver Lodge.
- "The Legion of Lazarus", Edmond Hamilton.
In consequence of the movement which is commonly called the precession of the equinoxes, though it might more accurately be described as a kind of second rotation of the earth, the angle between the equator and the ecliptic steadily but very slowly varies.- "Clairvoyance", Charles Webster Leadbeater.