from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A hypothesis concerning the formation of stars and planets, and therefore the origin of the solar system, according to which a rotating nebula underwent gravitational collapse into a star with an accretion disk, from which planets condensed or formed by coagulation of dust particles into increasingly larger bodies.
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- noun (cosmology) the theory that the solar system evolved from a hot gaseous nebula
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