from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
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- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A celestial body which revolves about the sun in an orbit of a moderate degree of eccentricity. It is distinguished from a comet by 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A star other than a fixed star: a star revolving in an orbit.
- n. Same as planeta
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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)
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)