Sailor Speak of the Week – Zenith

Definition

Noun

  • The highest point in the sky in the transit of a celestial body.

Origin

Possibly from the Arabic, samturas, meaning high point in the heavens. Originally from Old Saxon, szenith, then Old French, cenith, and via Middle English, senyth. All having the same meaning.

Comments

An important term for use in celestial navigation.

References

Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic, CT: Mystic Seaport Museum.

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