American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. In the traditional model of solar systems, a celestial body larger than an asteroid or comet, illuminated by light from a star, such as the sun, around which it revolves.
- n. A celestial body that orbits the sun, has sufficient mass to assume nearly a round shape, clears out dust and debris from the neighborhood around its orbit, and is not a satellite of another planet.
- n. One of the seven celestial bodies, Mercury, Venus, the moon, the sun, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, visible to the naked eye and thought by ancient astronomers to revolve in the heavens about a fixed Earth and among fixed stars.
- n. One of the seven revolving astrological celestial bodies that in conjunction with the stars are believed to influence human affairs and personalities.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A star other than a fixed star: a star revolving in an orbit. The sun was formerly considered as a planet, but is now known to be a fixed star. By planet is ordinarily meant a primary planet of the solar system, or body revolving round the sun in a nearly circular orbit. Of these eight are major planets—being, in their order from the sun, Mercury, Venus, the Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune. There are besides about 300 minor planets known. (See
planetoid.) The periodic comets are not regarded as planets. A secondary planet is a satellite, or small body revolving round a primary planet: thus, the moon is a secondary planet. See solar system(under solar), gravitation, Kepler's laws under law), and the names of the major planets.
- n. Same as planeta
- n. A large body which directly orbits any star (or star cluster) but which has not attained nuclear fusion.
- n. In phrases such as the planet, this planet, sometimes refers to the Earth.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Astron.) A celestial body which revolves about the sun in an orbit of a moderate degree of eccentricity. It is distinguished from a
cometby the absence of a coma, and by having a less eccentric orbit. See solar system.
- n. A star, as influencing the fate of a men.
- n. a person who follows or serves another
- n. any celestial body (other than comets or satellites) that revolves around a star
- n. (astronomy) any of the nine large celestial bodies in the solar system that revolve around the sun and shine by reflected light; Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto in order of their proximity to the sun; viewed from the constellation Hercules, all the planets rotate around the sun in a counterclockwise direction
- From Middle English planete, from Old English planēta ("planet, chasuble"), from Latin planeta, planetes, from Ancient Greek πλανήτης (planētēs) variant of πλάνης (planēs, "wanderer, planet"), from Ancient Greek πλανάω (planáō, "wander about, stray"), of unknown origin. Perhaps from a Proto-Indo-European *pel- (“to wander, roam”), cognate with Latin pālor ("wander about, stray"), Old Norse flana ("to rush about"), Norwegian flanta ("to wander about"). More at flaunt. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French planete, from Late Latin planēta, from Greek planētēs, variant of planēs, planēt-, from planāsthai, to wander. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In short, no envy, hatred, malice, and all uncharitableness; no vice, or meanness, or cheating, or any of the abominations of the planet Terra, and _we come from that planet_.”
“*grumbles sumfin aboat leevin a frozzin planet tu go tu a lava planet* Bye!”
“The word planet comes from the Greek word πλανήτης (planetes) which is derived from the word”
“Two years ago the International Astronomical Union IAU elected to define the term planet, restricting it to the eight largest bodies orbiting the Sun, and deleting Pluto from the list.”
“But when the International Astronomical Union created its formal definition of the word planet in 2006 - and demoted Pluto by doing it - there was nothing in the fine print about how the object had formed.”
“Some planetary theorists argued that the term "planet" should only apply to the latter, even if two objects have exactly the same mass.”
“These worlds reflect visible light rather than shining in their own right in visible wavelengths, but why should we restrict the definition of the term planet to just those wavelengths that we can see?”
“Our word planet comes from a Greek verb meaning to wander.”
“Change how astronomers define the term planet, eh?”
“Similarly, our planet is our house, and we should maintain it with care, to ensure our happiness and the happiness of our children, of our friends, and of all the sentient beings who share this great dwelling place.”
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