See also: žij

English edit

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Etymology edit

Middle Persian zīg (literally cord)

Noun edit

zij (plural zijes)

  1. (Islam) An Islamic book that tabulates parameters used for various astronomical events and movements.
    • 2003, José Chabás, Bernard R. Goldstein, “Astronomical Commentary”, in The Alfonsine Tables of Toledo:
      Zijes are comprised of a set of canons and a set of tables. These tables can be grouped as follows: calendar conversions; mean motions; solar, lunar, and planetary equations; trigonometry and spherical astronomy; planetary latitudes, visibilities, and retrogradations; lunar visibility; precession or trepidation; solar and lunar eclipses; astrological tables; geographical coordinates; and star lists. Some zijes may not have had all these items, and others may have had [more]. In particular, planetary velocity tables appear in only [those] that derive from the Iberian Peninsula and the Maghrib.

References edit

zij”, in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th edition, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, →ISBN.

Dutch edit

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /zɛi̯/ (stressed), IPA(key): /zə/ (unstressed)
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: zij
  • Rhymes: -ɛi̯
  • Homophone: zei

Etymology 1 edit

From Middle Dutch , from Old Dutch siu, sia, from Proto-Germanic *iz and *hiz.

Pronoun edit


  1. Third person singular feminine subject pronoun; she
  2. Third person plural subject pronoun; they
Inflection edit
Derived terms edit
Descendants edit
  • Afrikaans: sy
  • Javindo: sij
  • Jersey Dutch: zāi

Etymology 2 edit

Contraction of zijde (side).

Noun edit

zij f (plural zijden, diminutive zijtje n)

  1. side (the side of one's body); flank
Descendants edit
  • Sranan Tongo: sei, si
    • Kwinti: sei
    • Saramaccan: se

Etymology 3 edit

Contraction of zijde (silk).

Noun edit

zij f (uncountable)

  1. Archaic form of zijde (silk).

Etymology 4 edit

Verb edit


  1. (dated or formal) singular present subjunctive of zijn
  2. (dated or formal) singular present subjunctive of wezen
  3. (Belgium) singular present imperative of zijn