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

  • n. The branch of astronomy concerned with mapping the stars, galaxies, or other celestial bodies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Celestial cartography; the mapping of celestial bodies.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A description or plan of the heavens and the heavenly bodies; the construction of celestial maps, globes, etc.; uranology.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That branch of astronomy which consists in the description of the fixed stars, their positions, magnitudes, colors, etc.; uranology. Also ouranography.


Greek ouranos, sky + -graphy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek οὐρανογραφία. (Wiktionary)



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  • Confusion is normal though comical;
    It whispers the base anatomical,
    But true uranology
    Need blush no apology.
    The action is all astronomical.

    March 23, 2016

  • Pronunciation for the rest of us: yoo·ra·nog·ra·fee, i.e. /ˌjʊərəˈnɒgrəfi/.

    in more recent use: a description of the constellations or stars

    July 9, 2008

  • A description of heaven (not, as it sounds, of urine.)

    July 9, 2008