from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Family of British astronomers, including Sir William Herschel (1738-1822), who discovered Uranus (1781), was astronomer to George III, and cataloged more than 800 double stars and 2,500 nebulae. His sister Caroline Herschel (1750-1848) assisted in his work and published a star catalog. His son Sir John Frederick William Herschel (1792-1871) augmented William's work with the discovery of 525 nebulae and conducted notable research on light, photography, and astrophysics.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. The planet Uranus. In use until the mid-19th century as an alternative to Georgium Sidus after King George III.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See Uranus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name by which the planet now called Uranus was formerly known, from its discoverer, Sir William Herschel. See Uranus, 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. English astronomer (son of William Herschel) who extended the catalogue of stars to the southern hemisphere and did pioneering work in photography (1792-1871)
- n. English astronomer (born in Germany) who discovered infrared light and who catalogued the stars and discovered the planet Uranus (1738-1822)
After its discoverer, Sir William Herschel (Wiktionary)