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Princeton's WordNet

  1. solar system(noun)

    the sun with the celestial bodies that revolve around it in its gravitational field


  1. solar system(Noun)

    Any collection of heavenly bodies including a star or binary star, and any lighter stars, brown dwarfs, planets, and other objects in orbit.

  2. solar system(ProperNoun)

    The Solar System; the Sun and all the objects in orbit around it.

  3. Solar System(ProperNoun)

    The Sun and all the heavenly bodies that orbit around it, including the eight planets, their moons, the asteroids and comets.


  1. Solar System

    The Solar System consists of the Sun and its planetary system of eight planets, their moons, and other non-stellar objects. It formed 4.6 billion years ago from the gravitational collapse of a giant molecular cloud. The vast majority of the system's mass is in the Sun, with most of the remaining mass contained in Jupiter. The four smaller inner planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, also called the terrestrial planets, are primarily composed of rock and metal. The four outer planets, called the gas giants, are substantially more massive than the terrestrials. The two largest, Jupiter and Saturn, are composed mainly of hydrogen and helium; the two outermost planets, Uranus and Neptune, are composed largely of substances with relatively high melting points, called ices, such as water, ammonia and methane, and are often referred to separately as "ice giants". All planets have almost circular orbits that lie within a nearly flat disc called the ecliptic plane. The Solar System also contains a number of regions populated by smaller objects. The asteroid belt, which lies between Mars and Jupiter, is similar to the terrestrial planets as it mostly contains objects composed of rock and metal. Beyond Neptune's orbit lie the Kuiper belt and scattered disc, linked populations of trans-Neptunian objects composed mostly of ices. Within these populations are several dozen to more than ten thousand objects that may be large enough to have been rounded by their own gravity. Such objects are referred to as dwarf planets. Identified dwarf planets include the asteroid Ceres and the trans-Neptunian objects Pluto, Eris, Haumea, and Makemake. In addition to these two regions, various other small-body populations including comets, centaurs and interplanetary dust freely travel between regions. Six of the planets, at least three of the dwarf planets, and many of the smaller bodies are orbited by natural satellites, usually termed "moons" after Earth's Moon. Each of the outer planets is encircled by planetary rings of dust and other small objects.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Solar System

    The group of celestial bodies, including the EARTH, orbiting around and gravitationally bound by the sun. It includes eight planets, one minor planet, and 34 natural satellites, more than 1,000 observed comets, and thousands of lesser bodies known as MINOR PLANETS (asteroids) and METEOROIDS. (From Academic American Encyclopedia, 1983)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of solar system in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of solar system in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Dan Quayle:

    It's time for the human race to enter the solar system.

  2. New Horizons:

    Nothing like this has ever been seen in the outer solar system.

  3. Scott Sheppard:

    We can't explain these objects' orbits from what we know about the solar system.

  4. Scott Sheppard:

    People believe there may be a massive planet in the very outer part of our solar system.

  5. Hunter Waite:

    Now, Enceladus is high on the list in the solar system for showing habitable conditions.

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