Meaning of lunisolar in English:


Pronunciation /ˌluːnɪˈsəʊlə/


  • 1Of or concerning the combined motions or effects of the sun and moon.

    ‘The cited lunisolar interface is significant because an interpretation based upon the lunar phases so clearly points to the possibility of a special creation.’
    • ‘The air pressure variations due to lunisolar effects cause the deformation of the Earth and therefore directly and indirectly influence several geodynamical phenomena.’
    • ‘Numerical studies show that lunisolar perturbations control stability of equilibria for orbits with semimajor axes exceeding 1.4 Earth radii.’
    • ‘Therefore, we have decided to neglect lunisolar effects in our simplified dynamical model.’
    • ‘Finally, it cannot be identified with periodic lunisolar effects resulting from the actual theory of gravitation.’
    1. 1.1Of or employing a calendar year divided according to the phases of the moon, but adjusted in average length to fit the length of the solar cycle.
      ‘The Jewish calendar, a highly complex system, is ‘lunisolar ‘, where the years are solar and months lunar.’
      • ‘The Chinese Calendar is a lunisolar calendar based on calculations of the positions of the Sun and Moon.’
      • ‘In different Indian lunisolar calendars the lunar month is used, mixed with the sidereal month.’
      • ‘In most solar and lunisolar calendars, the beginning of the year was fixed in spring or fall.’
      • ‘Israel's civil calendar, India's and China's religious calendars are of the lunisolar type.’
      • ‘The Hindu, Buddhist, Tibetan, Chinese and the Hebrew calendars are all lunisolar calendars.’
      • ‘The solar calendar is a stable component always to be found, but the attention to the lunisolar calendar needs explanation too.’
      • ‘The Chinese calendar is a lunisolar calendar, incorporating elements of a lunar calendar with those of a solar calendar.’
    2. 1.2Of or denoting a 532-year period over which both the lunar months and the days of the week return to the same point in relation to the solar year.


Late 17th century from Latin luna ‘moon’ + solar.