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Synonyms for precession

the motion of a spinning body (as a top) in which it wobbles so that the axis of rotation sweeps out a cone

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the act of preceding in time or order or rank (as in a ceremony)

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Thus we find that the precessional speed for this case would be slow and constant at about 8 cm/s.
Our vision is to televise this event internationally and link it in to other, similar, musical events that are occurring on the same day in other countries that are also celebrating the Winter Equinox and the Earth's Precessional Equinox.
However, all orbital cycles, including the 19 000 to 23 000-year precessional cycle, were operative regardless of which climatic conditions dominated and what soil developed (Rutter et al.
The 20,000-year precessional cycle of the global monsoon, for example, is responsible for the collapse of several Asian and African ancient cultures at 4000 years ago.
Shulmeister, James 1999 'Australasian evidence for mid-Holocene climate change implies precessional control of Walker Circulation in the Pacific', Quaternary International 57/58: 81-91.
Shulmeister J (1999) Australasian evidence for mid-Holocene climate change implies precessional control of Walker Circulation in the Pacific.
These speeds in turn are related to the precessional rate of the nuclei when subjected to the magnetic field.
precessional motion is likened to liberation or oscillation of the