What does galaxy mean?

Definitions for galaxy
ˈgæl ək sigal·axy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. galaxynoun

    a splendid assemblage (especially of famous people)

  2. galax, galaxy, wandflower, beetleweed, coltsfoot, Galax urceolatanoun

    tufted evergreen perennial herb having spikes of tiny white flowers and glossy green round to heart-shaped leaves that become coppery to maroon or purplish in fall

  3. galaxy, extragalactic nebulanoun

    (astronomy) a collection of star systems; any of the billions of systems each having many stars and nebulae and dust

    "`extragalactic nebula' is a former name for `galaxy'"

GCIDE

  1. Galaxynoun

    A very large collection of stars comparable in size to the Milky Way system, held together by gravitational force and separated from other such star systems by large distances of mostly empty space. Galaxies vary widely in shape and size, the most common nearby galaxies being over 70,000 light years in diameter and separated from each other by even larger distances. The number of stars in one galaxy varies, and may extend into the hundreds of billions.

    Etymology: [F. galaxie, L. galaxias, fr. Gr. (sc. circle), fr. , , milk; akin to L. lac. Cf. Lacteal.]

Wiktionary

  1. galaxynoun

    The Milky Way; the apparent band of concentrated stars which appears in the night sky over earth.

    Etymology: From galaxie, from galaxias, from γαλαξίας, from γάλα.

  2. galaxynoun

    Any of the collections of many millions of stars, galactic dust, black holes, etc. existing as independent and coherent systems, of which there are billions in the known universe.

    Etymology: From galaxie, from galaxias, from γαλαξίας, from γάλα.

  3. Galaxynoun

    the Milky Way Galaxy, from when it was thought the Universe (our universe) had only one galaxy

    Etymology: From galaxie, from galaxias, from γαλαξίας, from γάλα.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Galaxynoun

    the Milky Way; that luminous tract, or belt, which is seen at night stretching across the heavens, and which is composed of innumerable stars, so distant and blended as to be distinguishable only with the telescope. The term has recently been used for remote clusters of stars

    Etymology: [F. galaxie, L. galaxias, fr. Gr. (sc. circle), fr. , , milk; akin to L. lac. Cf. Lacteal.]

  2. Galaxynoun

    a splendid assemblage of persons or things

    Etymology: [F. galaxie, L. galaxias, fr. Gr. (sc. circle), fr. , , milk; akin to L. lac. Cf. Lacteal.]

Freebase

  1. Galaxy

    A galaxy is a massive, gravitationally bound system consisting of stars, stellar remnants, an interstellar medium of gas and dust, and, dark matter, an important but poorly understood component. The word galaxy is derived from the Greek galaxias, literally "milky", a reference to the Milky Way. Examples of galaxies range from dwarfs with as few as ten million stars to giants with a hundred trillion stars, each orbiting their galaxy's own center of mass. Galaxies contain varying numbers of star systems, star clusters and types of interstellar clouds. In between these objects is a sparse interstellar medium of gas, dust, and cosmic rays. Supermassive black holes reside at the center of all galaxies. They are thought to be the primary driver of active galactic nuclei found at the core of some galaxies. The Milky Way galaxy is known to harbor at least one such object. Galaxies have been historically categorized according to their apparent shape, usually referred to as their visual morphology. A common form is the elliptical galaxy, which has an ellipse-shaped light profile. Spiral galaxies are disk-shaped with dusty, curving arms. Those with irregular or unusual shapes are known as irregular galaxies and typically originate from disruption by the gravitational pull of neighboring galaxies. Such interactions between nearby galaxies, which may ultimately result in a merger, sometimes induce significantly increased incidents of star formation leading to starburst galaxies. Smaller galaxies lacking a coherent structure are referred to as irregular galaxies.¹¹

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Galaxy

    gal′ak-si, n. the Milky-Way, or the luminous band of stars stretching across the heavens: any splendid assemblage. [Through Fr. and L., from Gr. galaxiasgala, milk.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Galaxy

    the Milky Way, a band of light seen after sunset across the heavens, consisting of an innumerable multitude of stars, or suns rather, stretching away into the depths of space.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. galaxy

    A name of the Milky Way. (See VIA LACTEA.)

Editors Contribution

  1. galaxy

    A group of stars.

    The galaxy is so beautiful.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 3, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of galaxy in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of galaxy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of galaxy in a Sentence

  1. Martin Rees:

    The study of exoplanets is perhaps the most vibrant field of astronomy, we now know that most stars are orbited by retinues of planets; there may be a billion planets in our galaxy resembling the Earth.

  2. Zachory Berta-Thompson:

    Our galaxy spans about 100,000 light-years, so this is definitely a very nearby solar neighborhood star.

  3. Kim Young-woo:

    Consumer confidence in Galaxy Fold has significantly deteriorated. If Samsung manages to sell 300,000 devices this year, that can be a decent performance given the delay.

  4. Van Dokkum:

    Each of those pixels has like a million stars in them because the galaxies are so far away that we don’t see individual stars. We just see the combined light of all the stars in the galaxy.

  5. Stephen William Hawking:

    A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said 'What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.' The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, 'What is the turtle standing on' 'You're very clever, young man, very clever,' said the little old lady. 'But it's turtles all the way down.'

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