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declination

 
Noun declination has 4 senses
  1. decline, declination - a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state
    --1 is a kind of condition, status
    --1 has particulars: neglect, disuse; twilight; wreck
    Derived form: verb decline1
  2. declination, celestial latitude, DEC - (astronomy) the angular distance to a point on a celestial object measured north or south from the celestial equator; expressed in degrees; used with right ascension to specify positions on the celestial sphere
    --2 is a kind of angular distance
  3. descent, declivity, fall, decline, declination, declension, downslope - a downward slope or bend
    --3 is a kind of slope, incline, side
    --3 has particulars: downhill; steep
    Derived form: verb decline5
  4. declination, regrets - a polite refusal of an invitation
    --4 is a kind of refusal; acknowledgment, acknowledgement
    Derived form: verb decline2
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