Definitions
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 adjective geometry Of or pertaining to the
semimajor axis , the long axis of anellipse  adjective Less than
major , but still significant
Etymologies
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Examples

"Opening weekend at SXSW 2007 has been a cheerful and eclectic mixture of semimajor premieres and utterly unknown films, some of which may never play anywhere else."

Andrew O'Hehir in Salon: Sundance has essentially become two festivals: One of them is still a treasure hunt for 'undiscovered' wonders  I use the quotation marks because every film in this fest has already, by definition, been discovered by someone  and the other is a PR extravaganza for semimajor pictures already well along the moneyslick freeway toward a screen near you.

The semiminor axis is 98. 6% of the semimajor axis.

The constant in Kepler's third law, relating the squares of orbital periods to the cubes of semimajor axes, was found to depend on the sum of the masses of the bodies attracting one another.

Mean SunEarth distance, or half the semimajor axis of the Earth's orbit, used as a unit of length for distances, particularly on the scale of the Solar System.

The Law of Periods: The square of the period of any planet is proportional to the cube of the semimajor axis of its orbit.

a and b are semimajor (one half the major) and semiminor (one half the minor) axes of the enclosing ellipse.

Andrew O'Hehir in Salon: "Sundance has essentially become two festivals: One of them is still a treasure hunt for 'undiscovered' wonders  I use the quotation marks because every film in this fest has already, by definition, been discovered by someone  and the other is a PR extravaganza for semimajor pictures already well along the moneyslick freeway toward a screen near you.
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