EPICYCLE

, in the ancient astronomy, a little circle having its centre in the circumference of a greater one: or a small orb or sphere, which being fixed in the deferent of a planet, is carried along with it, and yet, by its own peculiar motion, carries the planet fastened to it round its proper centre.

It was by means of Epicycles that Ptolomy and his followers solved the various phenomena of the planets, but more especially their stations and retrogradations.

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Entry taken from A Mathematical and Philosophical Dictionary, by Charles Hutton, 1796.

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EPAULEMENT
EPHEMERIS
EPICHARMUS
EPICURUS
EPICUREANS
* EPICYCLE
EPICYCLOID
EPISTYLE
EPOCHA
EQUAL
EQUALITY