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

  • Family of British astronomers, including Sir William Herschel (1738-1822), who discovered Uranus (1781), was astronomer to George III, and cataloged more than 800 double stars and 2,500 nebulae. His sister Caroline Herschel (1750-1848) assisted in his work and published a star catalog. His son Sir John Frederick William Herschel (1792-1871) augmented William's work with the discovery of 525 nebulae and conducted notable research on light, photography, and astrophysics.

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  • proper n. The planet Uranus. In use until the mid-19th century as an alternative to Georgium Sidus after King George III.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See Uranus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name by which the planet now called Uranus was formerly known, from its discoverer, Sir William Herschel. See Uranus, 2.

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

  • n. English astronomer (son of William Herschel) who extended the catalogue of stars to the southern hemisphere and did pioneering work in photography (1792-1871)
  • n. English astronomer (born in Germany) who discovered infrared light and who catalogued the stars and discovered the planet Uranus (1738-1822)


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After its discoverer, Sir William Herschel


  • I went back and re-read, and there are hints even at the star that Herschel is in more emotional pain that his wife is in physical pain.

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  • About four hundred miles away from Herschel is Dawson, capital of the Yukon.

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  • British scientists have key roles in the telescopes, one called Herschel and other Planck, which will probe the birth and evolution of the universe.

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  • Only his old football pals still called Herschel by that nickname.

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  • Slakker told me to call Herschel to take Jacky's place at work.

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  • For a while it was insisted by astronomers and the world at large that the new globe, then supposed to bound the solar system on its outer circumference, should be called Herschel, in honor of its discoverer.

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  • We did not make it, for we know nothing of mathematics whatever; therefore, it was made by the only person to whom it can rationally be ascribed, namely Herschel the astronomer, its only avowed and undeniable author. '

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  • London, May 2: A British space mission, which would include two deep space telescopes, dubbed Herschel and Planck, will probe the ancient history of the cosmos going right back to the dawn of time at the Big Bang - and possibly before. News Feed

  • According to Chris Wilson, a professor in the department of physics and astronomy at McMaster University, the Herschel is the biggest telescope ever launched, enabling the observation of things in the universe that weren't possible before, including, for the first time, water vapor emissions in another galaxy.


  • We're actually piggybacking on the European Space Agency's called Herschel, which has an experiment on board called SPIRE.

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