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mean solar time
(Astronomy) the time, at a particular place, measured in terms of the passage of the mean sun; the timescale is not precisely constant. See mean solar day
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Time measured with reference to an imaginary sun that lies in the same plane as the Earth's equator and that the Earth orbits at a constant speed. Using this convention results in equal, 24-hour days throughout the year. If days were measured by the actual movement of the sun, they would vary slightly in length at different times of the year.
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|Noun||1.||mean time - (astronomy) time based on the motion of the mean sun (an imaginary sun moving uniformly along the celestial equator)|
astronomy, uranology - the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole
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