Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Like a nebula; cloudy.
  • Pertaining or relating to a nebula.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to nebulæ; of the nature of, or resembling, a nebula.
  • adjective an hypothesis to explain the process of formation of the stars and planets, presented in various forms by Kant, Herschel, Laplace, and others. As formed by Laplace, it supposed the matter of the solar system to have existed originally in the form of a vast, diffused, revolving nebula, which, gradually cooling and contracting, threw off, in obedience to mechanical and physical laws, succesive rings of matter, from which subsequently, by the same laws, were produced the several planets, satellites, and other bodies of the system. The phrase may indicate any hypothesis according to which the stars or the bodies of the solar system have been evolved from a widely diffused nebulous form of matter.

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  • adjective astronomy Of or pertaining to a nebula

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  • adjective of or relating to or resembling a nebula
  • adjective resembling a cloud

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Examples

  • Such is, in fact, the doctrine of the origin of our system which has been advanced in that celebrated speculation known as the nebular theory of Laplace.

    The Story of the Heavens

  • Along with the growth of observational astronomy which has taken place since the discoveries of Galileo, there has been developed a view concerning the physical history of the stellar world, known as the nebular hypothesis, which, though not yet fully proved, is believed by most astronomers and physicists to give us a tolerably correct notion as to the way in which the heavenly spheres were formed from an earlier condition of matter.

    Outlines of the Earth's History A Popular Study in Physiography

  • He gave us the fundamental idea of what is called the nebular hypothesis.

    Recreations in Astronomy With Directions for Practical Experiments and Telescopic Work

  • According to the theory matter was first in _ "nebular" (gas) form, _ and that the gases existing diffused through space were, through the motion which originated, changed from a huge ball of fire-mist to a semi-solid sphere, which threw off smaller spheres (the planets) that gradually became solid.

    Evolution An Investigation and a Critique

  • The poem swung in majestic rhythm to the cool tumult of interstellar conflict, to the onset of starry hosts, to the impact of cold suns and the flaming up of nebular in the darkened void; and through it all, unceasing and faint, like a silver shuttle, ran the frail, piping voice of man, a querulous chirp amid the screaming of planets and the crash of systems.

    Chapter 35

  • Eddington became an enthusiastic supporter of an expanding universe cosmology, pointing to the nebular recession as evidence of a curved space-time.

    Capsule Summaries of the Great Books of the Western World

  • Also, six of the sixty-three moons in our solar system orbit in the opposite direction to that of the planets and the other moons.64 If the solar system has originated from a rotating nebular cloud, as asserted by the theory of evolution, everything in the cloud should turn in the same direction and it would be impossible that nine planets and moons would rotate and even orbit in the opposite direction.

    Modern Science in the Bible

  • Also, six of the sixty-three moons in our solar system orbit in the opposite direction to that of the planets and the other moons.64 If the solar system has originated from a rotating nebular cloud, as asserted by the theory of evolution, everything in the cloud should turn in the same direction and it would be impossible that nine planets and moons would rotate and even orbit in the opposite direction.

    Modern Science in the Bible

  • Also, six of the sixty-three moons in our solar system orbit in the opposite direction to that of the planets and the other moons.64 If the solar system has originated from a rotating nebular cloud, as asserted by the theory of evolution, everything in the cloud should turn in the same direction and it would be impossible that nine planets and moons would rotate and even orbit in the opposite direction.

    Modern Science in the Bible

  • Also, six of the sixty-three moons in our solar system orbit in the opposite direction to that of the planets and the other moons.64 If the solar system has originated from a rotating nebular cloud, as asserted by the theory of evolution, everything in the cloud should turn in the same direction and it would be impossible that nine planets and moons would rotate and even orbit in the opposite direction.

    Modern Science in the Bible

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