Astrology was much in vogue during the Middle Ages, and became the parent of modern astronomy,
as alchemy did of chemistry. It was divided into two kinds: judicial astrology, which assumed to foretell
the fate and acts of nations and individuals, and natural astrology, which undertook to predict events of
inanimate nature, such as changes of the weather, etc.
(As`tro*man"tic) a. Of or pertaining to divination by means of the stars; astrologic. [R.] Dr.
(As`tro*me`te*or*ol"o*gy) n. [Astro- + meteorology.] The investigation of the relation
between the sun, moon, and stars, and the weather. As`*tro*me`te*or`o*log"ic*al a. As`tro*me`te*or*ol"o*gist
(As*trom"e*ter) n. [Astro- + meter.] An instrument for comparing the relative amount of
the light of stars.
(As*trom"e*try) n. [Astro- + metry.] The art of making measurements among the stars, or
of determining their relative magnitudes.
(As*tron"o*mer) n. [See Astronomy.]
1. An astrologer. [Obs.] Shak.
2. One who is versed in astronomy; one who has a knowledge of the laws of the heavenly orbs, or the
principles by which their motions are regulated, with their various phenomena.
An undevout astronomer is mad.
(As`tro*no"mi*an) n. [OE. & OF. astronomien. See Astronomy.] An astrologer. [Obs.]
(As`tro*nom"ic) a. Astronomical.
Astronomical clock. See under Clock. - - Astronomical day. See under Day. Astronomical
fractions, Astronomical numbers. See under Sexagesimal.
(As`tro*nom"ic*al) a. [L. astronomicus, Gr. 'astronomiko`s: cf. F. astronomique.] Of or
pertaining to astronomy; in accordance with the methods or principles of astronomy. As`tro*nom"ic*al*ly,
(As*tron"o*mize), v. i. To study or to talk astronomy. [R.]
They astronomized in caves.
Sir T. Browne.
(As*tron"o*my) n. [OE. astronomie, F. astronomie, L. astronomia, fr. Gr. fr. astronomer;
'asth`r star + to distribute, regulate. See Star, and Nomad.]
1. Astrology. [Obs.]
Not from the stars do I my judgment pluck;
And yet methinks I have astronomy.
2. The science which treats of the celestial bodies, of their magnitudes, motions, distances, periods of
revolution, eclipses, constitution, physical condition, and of the causes of their various phenomena.
3. A treatise on, or text-book of, the science.
Physical astronomy. See under Physical.
(As"tro*phel) n. See Astrofel. [Obs.]