Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or relating to a reference system based at the center of the sun.
  • adj. Having the sun as the center.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having the sun at the center/centre; usually in reference to a solar system or orbit

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. pertaining to the sun's center, or appearing to be seen from it; having, or relating to, the sun as a center; -- opposed to geocentrical.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In astronomy, referred to the sun as a center; appearing as if seen from the sun's center.

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

  • adj. having the sun as the center

Etymologies

From helio- +‎ centric. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "And separation successfull ... i'm floating. .in heliocentric orbit ..."

    Kepler Is On Its Way - NASA Watch

  • This representation of the heavens is usually called the heliocentric, or “Sun-centred,” system — derived from the Greek helios, meaning “Sun.”

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  • "Copernicanism", that is, a heliocentric solar system with _circular_ orbits, was long dead.

    Monty Python it is not - The Panda's Thumb

  • - As I sit at my computer terminal, I notice that my bottled water (no "heliocentric" acid rain water from KPU for this boy!) has a "sell by" date.

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  • "heliocentric" plant, like a sunflower, is one that grows toward or is drawn to the sun.

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  • Neither has the Copernican heliocentric model, because its circular orbits were only partially right.

    Bukiet on Brooklyn Books

  • The opposition to the heliocentric cosmology of Copernicus came largely from religious adherence to the Ptolemaic alethic model, but the astronomers who held out against Kepler were largely being scientistic.

    Bukiet on Brooklyn Books

  • His religion had no beef with elliptical orbits because it was still rejecting the heliocentric model wholesale.

    Bukiet on Brooklyn Books

  • So he was attached to his own heretical heliocentric model over another heretical heliocentric model.

    Bukiet on Brooklyn Books

  • Right up into the "Age of Enlightenment" which produced our Constitution and the French Revolution -- and was so much more intellectually advanced than the Church condemning Galileo for his heliocentric blasphemy -- the leading scientists of the day were unified in discounting stories of "thunderstones" that fell from the sky.

    Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points [150] -- A Fortean Week

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  • "In the early 1630's, Galileo had wanted to publish a book endorsing the Copernican heliocentric model of the solar system, but the Vatican would not permit the book's release unless Galileo included equally persuasive evidence for the church's geocentric model - a model Galileo knew to be dead wrong."
    - 'Angels and Demons', Dan Brown.

    February 28, 2008