A book or pamphlet telling the divisions of the year into months, weeks, and days, the times of rising and setting of the sun and moon, movements of the tides, eclipses, and other information about the earth' and the stars. Almanacs formerly pretended to foretell the weather, but only ignorant persons beleived this. Almanacs are now published giving many facts of official and other kinds. "Poor Richard's Almanack," published by Benjamin Franklin in . 1732, is a well-known and interesting almanac. It was published for 25 years and was filled with wise and pithy sayings, inculcating industry and frugality as helps to virtue.