precession NOUN 1) the slow movement of the axis of a spinning body around another axis. 2) Astronomy the slow retrograde motion of the equinoctial points along the ecliptic, resulting in the earlier occurrence of equinoxes each year.
DERIVATIVES precess verb precessional adjective.
ORIGIN from Latin praecedere 'go before' .

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