Met`emp*to"sis (?), n. [NL., from Gr. beyond, after + a falling upon, fr. to fall in or upon; in + to fall.] Chron.

The suppression of a day in the calendar to prevent the date of the new moon being set a day too late, or the suppression of the bissextile day once in 134 years. The opposite to this is the proemptosis, or the addition of a day every 330 years, and another every 2,400 years.


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