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epicyclen. [L. epicyclus, Gr. ; 'epi` upon + circle. See Cycle.].
  •  A circle, whose center moves round in the circumference of a greater circle; or a small circle, whose center, being fixed in the deferent of a planet, is carried along with the deferent, and yet, by its own peculiar motion, carries the body of the planet fastened to it round its proper center.  [1913 Webster]
    "The schoolmen were like astronomers which did feign eccentrics, and epicycles, and such engines of orbs."  [1913 Webster]
  •  A circle which rolls on the circumference of another circle, either externally or internally.  [1913 Webster]


epicycle, n. Geom. a small circle moving round the circumference of a larger one.

epicyclic adj.
ME f. OF or LL epicyclus f. Gk epikuklos (as EPI-, kuklos circle)




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