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Definition of Cardinal signs
Cardinal signsCardinal Car"di*nal, a. [L. cardinalis, fr. cardo the hinge of
a door, that on which a thing turns or depends: cf. F.
Of fundamental importance; pre["e]minent; superior; chief;
The cardinal intersections of the zodiac. --Sir T.
Impudence is now a cardinal virtue. --Drayton.
But cardinal sins, and hollow hearts, I fear ye.
Cardinal numbers, the numbers one, two, three, etc., in
distinction from first, second, third, etc., which are
called ordinal numbers.
(a) (Geol.) The four principal points of the compass, or
intersections of the horizon with the meridian and the
prime vertical circle, north, south east, and west.
(b) (Astrol.) The rising and setting of the sun, the zenith
Cardinal signs (Astron.) Aries, Libra, Cancer, and
Cardinal teeth (Zo["o]l.), the central teeth of bivalve
shell. See Bivalve.
Cardinal veins (Anat.), the veins in vertebrate embryos,
which run each side of the vertebral column and returm the
blood to the heart. They remain through life in some
Cardinal virtues, pre["e]minent virtues; among the
ancients, prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude.
Cardinal winds, winds which blow from the cardinal points
due north, south, east, or west.
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