Definitions

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to the semimajor axis, the long axis of an ellipse
  • adj. Less than major, but still significant

Etymologies

semi- +‎ major (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "Opening weekend at SXSW 2007 has been a cheerful and eclectic mixture of semimajor premieres and utterly unknown films, some of which may never play anywhere else."

    GreenCine Daily: SXSW, 3/13.

  • Andrew O'Hehir in Salon: Sundance has essentially become two festivals: One of them is still a treasure hunt for 'undiscovered' wonders - I use the quotation marks because every film in this fest has already, by definition, been discovered by someone - and the other is a PR extravaganza for semimajor pictures already well along the money-slick freeway toward a screen near you.

    GreenCine Daily: Sundance. Chicago 10.

  • The semiminor axis is 98. 6% of the semimajor axis.

    Scientific Blogging

  • The constant in Kepler's third law, relating the squares of orbital periods to the cubes of semimajor axes, was found to depend on the sum of the masses of the bodies attracting one another.

    www.blogalaxia.com Directorio y Buscador de Blogs Latinos

  • Mean Sun-Earth distance, or half the semimajor axis of the Earth's orbit, used as a unit of length for distances, particularly on the scale of the Solar System.

    www.blogalaxia.com Directorio y Buscador de Blogs Latinos

  • The Law of Periods: The square of the period of any planet is proportional to the cube of the semimajor axis of its orbit.

    MSDN Blogs

  • a and b are semimajor (one half the major) and semiminor (one half the minor) axes of the enclosing ellipse.

    PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles

  • Andrew O'Hehir in Salon: "Sundance has essentially become two festivals: One of them is still a treasure hunt for 'undiscovered' wonders - I use the quotation marks because every film in this fest has already, by definition, been discovered by someone - and the other is a PR extravaganza for semimajor pictures already well along the money-slick freeway toward a screen near you.

    GreenCine Daily

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