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Intercalation meaning

intercalation - 2 dictionary results

  1. 1. The insertion of a day, or other portion of time, in a calendar.
  2. 2. The insertion or introduction of anything among others, as the insertion of a phrase, line, or verse in a metrical composition; specif. ( Geol.), the intrusion of a bed or layer between other layers.

intercalation - examples of usage

  1. At this time, some Mahomedans were again found to superintend the construction of the calendar; but the office devolving, at length, upon a Chinese, the unfortunate almanack- maker happened to insert a false intercalation, assigning thirteen months to the year 1670, when it should have contained no more than twelve. - "Travels in China, Containing Descriptions, Observations, and Comparisons, Made and Collected in the Course of a Short Residence at the Imperial Palace of Yuen-Min-Yuen, and on a Subsequent Journey through the Country from Pekin to Canton", John Barrow.
  2. Spared as he had been by his good fortune from taking any part in the Algerine expedition, or in witnessing the ignominious retreat from Innspruck, he was obliged to submit to the intercalation of the disastrous siege of Metz in the long history of his successes. - "The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74", John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: January 25, 2009.
  3. Intercalation of newly discovered Formation of intermediate Age in the chronological Series. - "The Antiquity of Man", Charles Lyell.
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