GNOMON, the Greek word for the style of a sundial, or any object, commonly a vertical column, the shadow of which was observed in former times in order to learn 8 the altitude of the Sun, especially when on the meridian. The art of constructing a sundial is sometimes termed gnomonics. In geometry, a gnomon is a plane figure formed by removing a parallelogram from a corner of a larger parallelogram; in the figure ABCDEFA is a gnomon. Gnomonic projection is a projection of a Sphere in which the centre of sight is the centre of the Sphere.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)