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

  • n. The universe regarded as an orderly, harmonious whole.
  • n. An ordered, harmonious whole.
  • n. Harmony and order as distinct from chaos.
  • n. Any of various mostly Mexican herbs of the genus Cosmos in the composite family, having radiate flower heads of variously colored flowers and opposite pinnate leaves, especially C. bipinnatus and C. sulphureus, widely cultivated as garden annuals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The universe
  • n. An ordered, harmonious whole
  • n. Any of various mostly Mexican herbs of the genus Cosmos having radiate heads of variously coloured flowers and pinnate leaves
  • n. Plural form of cosmo.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The universe or universality of created things; -- so called from the order and harmony displayed in it.
  • n. The theory or description of the universe, as a system displaying order and harmony.
  • n. A genus of composite plants closely related to Bidens, usually with very showy flowers, some with yellow, others with red, scarlet, purple, white, or lilac rays. They are natives of the warmer parts of America, and many species are cultivated. Cosmos bipinnatus and Cosmos diversifolius are among the best-known species; Cosmos caudatus, of the West Indies, is widely naturalized.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Order; harmony.
  • n. Hence The universe as an embodiment of order and harmony; the system of order and law exhibited in the universe.
  • n. Any system or circle of facts or things considered as complete in itself.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] A small genus of Compositæ, related to the dahlia, ranging from Bolivia to Arizona. C. caudatus is widely naturalized through the tropics. C. bipinnatus and C. diversifolius are frequently cultivated.
  • n. Fermented mare's milk: same as kumiss.

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

  • n. any of various mostly Mexican herbs of the genus Cosmos having radiate heads of variously colored flowers and pinnate leaves; popular fall-blooming annuals
  • n. everything that exists anywhere


Middle English, from Greek kosmos, order.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek κόσμος (kosmos, "world, universe"). (Wiktionary)
Abbreviation of cosmopolitan (Wiktionary)


  • To Darwinists evolution means naturalistic evolution, because they insist that science must assume that the cosmos is a closed system of material causes and effects, which can never be influenced by anything outside of material nature-by God, for example.

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  • The statement "the cosmos is all there ever is, was, and will be" is no less advocacy and no more science than the statement "the cosmos appears to have been fine-tuned for life."

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  • All the authentic mystical traditions tell us that the cosmos is a Sacred Marriage of seeming opposites, such as: spirit and body, light and matter, good and evil, masculine and feminine, the transcendent aspect of the divine and its immanent embodiment.

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  • The doctrine of Creation says that Mind came before matter – the cosmos is a creation, a work of art.

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  • Denton's conjecture that "the cosmos is a specially designed whole with life and mankind as its fundamental goal and purpose" is without foundation.

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  • The Greek word cosmos used in Romans 12:2 refers not to the physical world that you see, but to a spiritual world system.

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  • A strong argument for the existence of high energy neutrinos from the cosmos is the observation of high energy cosmic rays.

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  • Well, if you had asked people that before they discovered atomic radiation or radioisotopes or the fact of x-rays, they would have believed that they had the latest picture on what the universe and the cosmos is all about.

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  • The term cosmos (κόσμος) is Homeric, and classicists are studying it increasingly (even the numerous bibliographical notices in Miss Jula


  • Plus going into the cosmos is really HARD to do. it takes math and stuff.

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  • From the Greek, this mean "order", which is the opposite of chaos.

    December 21, 2007