Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology The muse of astronomy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the subfamily Uraniinae.
  • proper n. The Muse of astronomy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the nine Muses, daughter of Zeus by Mnemosyne, and patron of astronomy.
  • n. A genus of large, brilliantly colored moths native of the West Indies and South America. Their bright colored and tailed hind wings and their diurnal flight cause them to closely resemble butterflies.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See the extract.
  • n. In Greek myth, the Muse of astronomy and celestial forces, and the arbitress of fate, second only to Calliope in the company of the Muses.
  • n. A genus of large and handsome diurnal moths, typical of the family Uraniidæ, as U. fulgens. Fabricius, 1808.
  • n. In ornithology, a genus of humming-birds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Greek mythology) the Muse of astronomy
  • n. goddess of love; counterpart of Greek Aphrodite

Etymologies

Latin Ūrania, from Greek Ouraniā, from ouranos, heaven.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek Οὐρανία. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Urania is represented by the armillary sphere, Euterpe by flutes, Thalia by the rebec, Melpomene by the hunting horn, Terpsichore by the cittern, Erato by the jingle ring, and Polyhymnia by the organ.

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • The Urania is a peculiar institution, and one which it seems might be profitably duplicated in other countries.

    McClure's Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 5, April, 1896

  • No doubt our readers are also acquainted with the examples reported in my work called Urania, and have long been aware that I believe in the possibility of communications between invisible beings and ourselves.

    The Arena Volume 4, No. 20, July, 1891

  • After all, all that stuff about Ra being a god who doesn't realize his war is over, and Death calling Urania a "polymorph" or whatever - that was all Gaiman, taking disparate elements of a crazy-on-the-face-of-it old comic book story for kids "Mystical whatzis grants superpowers" and weaving it into the intricate universe of gods and demons he was making.

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  • Having defeated count Rainald, and reduced that pro - vince, he marched from thence to Brindifi, where he ce - lebrated a marriage betwixt his eldeit fon Roger and Irene, fometimes called Urania, daughter of the emperor of Conftantinople.

    The modern part of an universal history from the earliest accounts to the present time;

  • From a photograph taken by Mr.P. Spies, director of the "Urania,"

    McClure's Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 5, April, 1896

  • 'Urania's presents are always meant to crush one,' said Blanche disrespectfully; 'they are like the shields and bracelets those rude soldiers flung at poor Tarpeia.'

    The Golden Calf

  • Tiedge, the poet of "Urania," and also of the song "An die Hoffnung," so much admired by Beethoven, and several times set to music by him.

    Beethoven's Letters 1790-1826

  • The Stars were stuck in to make an 'Urania' of it perhaps.

    Letters of Edward FitzGerald to Fanny Kemble (1871-1883)

  • The images of the glaciers were created from data collected on the Italian research ship "Urania" using a multibeam echo-sounder installed in the ship's hull (an instrument that measures the topography of the sea bed using multiple sounding beams).

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