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dec·li·na·tion / ˌdekləˈnāshən/ • n. 1. Astron. the angular distance of a point north or south of the celestial equator. Compare with right ascension and celestial latitude. ∎  the angular deviation of a compass needle from true north (because the magnetic north pole and the geographic north pole do not coincide). 2. formal refusal. DERIVATIVES: dec·li·na·tion·al / -shənl/ adj.

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declination, in astronomy, one of the coordinates in the equatorial coordinate system. The declination of a celestial body is its angular distance north or south of the celestial equator measured along its hour circle.

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declination
1. The angle between magnetic North and true (geographic) North.

2. The angle between a celestial object and the celestial equator.

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declination. Angle formed between the naked of a wall and the inclined mutules of the Doric Order.

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