Definitions

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

  • n. Roman Mythology The goddess of love and beauty.
  • n. The second planet from the sun, having an average radius of 6,052 kilometers (3,761 miles), a mass 0.815 times that of Earth, and a sidereal period of revolution about the sun of 224.7 days at a mean distance of approximately 108.2 million kilometers (67.2 million miles).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Veneridae — the true venus clams.
  • proper n. the goddess of love, beauty, and natural productivity
  • proper n. The second planet in our solar system, named for the goddess; represented in astronomy and astrology by ♀.
  • proper n. Sexual activity or intercourse; sex, lust, venery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The goddess of beauty and love, that is, beauty or love deified.
  • n. One of the planets, the second in order from the sun, its orbit lying between that of Mercury and that of the Earth, at a mean distance from the sun of about 67,000,000 miles. Its diameter is 7,700 miles, and its sidereal period 224.7 days. As the morning star, it was called by the ancients Lucifer; as the evening star, Hesperus.
  • n. The metal copper; -- probably so designated from the ancient use of the metal in making mirrors, a mirror being still the astronomical symbol of the planet Venus.
  • n. Any one of numerous species of marine bivalve shells of the genus Venus or family Veneridæ. Many of these shells are large, and ornamented with beautiful frills; others are smooth, glossy, and handsomely colored. Some of the larger species, as the round clam, or quahog, are valued for food.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Roman mythology, the goddess of beauty and love, more especially sensual love.
  • n. The most brilliant of the planets, being frequently visible to the naked eye by daylight.
  • n. Sexual intercourse; venery.
  • n. In old chemistry, copper.
  • n. In heraldry, green: the name given to that color when blazoning is done by means of the planets. See blazon, n., 2.
  • n. In conchology: The typical genus of bivalve shells of the family Veneridæ: so called by Linnæus with allusion to the shape of the lunule of the closed valves. See cuts under Veneridæ, quahog, and dimyarian.
  • n. [lowercase] A shell of the genus Venus; any venerid.
  • n. Venus's-comb; a murex.
  • n. Venus's-slipper. A heteropod, the glass-nautilus. See cut under Carinaria. A pteropod of the family Cymbulidæ. See cut under Cymbulum.

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

  • n. type genus of the family Veneridae: genus of edible clams with thick oval shells
  • n. goddess of love; counterpart of Greek Aphrodite
  • n. the second nearest planet to the sun; it is peculiar in that its rotation is slow and retrograde (in the opposite sense of the Earth and all other planets except Uranus); it is visible from Earth as an early `morning star' or an `evening star'

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English, from Latin, love, Venus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin Venus (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Ms. Lee's latest books include the final volume of The Venus Quartet: _Venus Preserved from Overlook _and the sequel to her classic _Silver Metal Lover_, _Metallic Love_, from Bantam.

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  • VENUS AND THE MOON: Early Thursday morning just before dawn when the Perseid meteor shower is supposed to be most intense, Venus and the crescent moon will appear side-by-side in the eastern sky.

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  • We can then see Venus on the face of the sun, and this is the phenomenon which we call the _transit of Venus_.

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  • We think of it being so much hotter on venus, actually the numbers I find don’t want to quote the source, would live to see someone post a good source is that Venus is more than 2X in Kelvin.

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  • The word venerable originates from the name Venus, the Roman goddess of love and sexuality.

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  • Anyway, the shampoo girl is what I call a Venus Fly Trap With Legs.

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  • "Anyway, the shampoo girl is what I call a Venus Fly Trap With Legs." eeeeewwww Where was his wife when all of this was happening? bwlass Thu, Dec 18, 2008 at 03: 42 PM EST

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  • Sister Venus is also ready to get back at this week's Italian Open after missing the last month with a knee problem.

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  • Venus is bidding to become the first woman since Steffi Graf in 1991-93 to win Wimbledon three years in a row and is trying for No. 6 overall.

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