One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having the same centre.
- ‘This rare spectacle surprised both local residents and travelers on International Labour Day as they saw the shining sun surrounded by two bright homocentric circles.’
- ‘He is a strong supporter of Eudoxus's theory of homocentric spheres which consisted of a number of rotating spheres, each sphere rotating about an axis through the centre of the Earth.’
- ‘Many of the early commentators believed that Plato was the inspiration for Eudoxus's representation of planetary motion by his system of homocentric spheres.’
Early 17th century: from Greek homo- ‘same’ + -centric.
- ‘a homocentric attitude to nature’another term for anthropocentric
- ‘For all their claims to being the guardians of life, the truth is that they're at least as homocentric as anyone else.’
- ‘Far from reflecting some underlying natural system, Cuvier's use of the nervous system in his classification schemes had a homocentric starting point.’
- ‘In his book he expressed this homocentric notion clearly.’
Early 20th century: from Latin homo ‘human being, man’ + -centric.
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