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- noun A unit of length used in measuring astronomical distances within the solar system or other planetary system equal to the mean distance from Earth to the sun, approximately 150 million kilometers (93 million miles).
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- noun astronomy The
meandistance from the Earthto the Sun(the semi-major axis of Earth's orbit), approximately 149,600,000 kilometres(symbol AU), used to measure distancesin the solar system.
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- noun a unit of length used for distances within the solar system; equal to the mean distance between the Earth and the Sun (approximately 93 million miles or 150 million kilometers)
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