• The Stars of Orion
    The Stars of Orion
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Orion a constellation on the equator to the east of Taurus; contains Betelgeuse and Rigel
    • n Orion (Greek mythology) a giant Boeotian hunter who pursued the Pleiades and was eventually slain by Artemis; was then placed in the sky as a constellation
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Orion and the Neighbouring Constellations Orion and the Neighbouring Constellations
Constellation of Orion by Hevelius Constellation of Orion by Hevelius

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Orion (Astron) A large and bright constellation on the equator, between the stars Aldebaran and Sirius. It contains a remarkable nebula visible to the naked eye. "The flaming glories of Orion's belt."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Orion A constellation situated in the southern hemisphere with respect to the ecliptic, but the equinoctial crosses it nearly in the middle. This constellation is represented by the figure of a giant with a sword by his side. It contains seven stars which are very conspicuous to the naked eye; four of these form a quadrangle, and the other three are situated in the middle of it in a straight line, forming what is called the Belt or Girdle of Orion. They are also popularly called Jacob's-slaff, Our Lady's wand, the Yard-wand, etc. Orion also contains a remarkable nebula. See cut in preceding column.
    • n Orion In entomology, a genus of cerambycid beetles, with two South American species, founded by Guérin in 1843.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Orion ō-rī′on (astron.) one of the constellations containing seven very bright stars, three of which, in a straight line, form Orion's belt.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. 'Wri`wn, orig., a celebrated hunter in the oldest Greek mythology, after whom this constellation was named
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Orion, a hunter placed among the stars at his death.


In literature:

He is in quite the same punishment as Orion or even Sisyphus, the penalty of all finitude is upon him.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
The figure of Orion was believed to give victory in war.
"Rambles of an Archaeologist Among Old Books and in Old Places" by Frederick William Fairholt
He did not see the back curtain, or Orion blazing in the ultramarine blue.
"Northern Lights" by Gilbert Parker
The Orion sailed with the first convoy in November, which she carried successfully through the Belt.
"Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez. Vol II" by Sir John Ross
It often resembles Betelgeuze, a brilliant point in the constellation of Orion.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
Canst thou bind the cluster of the Pleiades, Or loose the bands of Orion?
"Select Masterpieces of Biblical Literature" by Various
Even the Great Bear puts by his seven lustres, and the diamond belt of Orion is unseen.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
Subject, the Orion Nebula.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
Huygens discovered the sixth satellite of Saturn (Titan), and also the Great Nebula in Orion.
"The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'" by Thomas Orchard
In old charts of the stars, Orion is shown with his hounds, hunting the bull, Taurus.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts

In poetry:

What music from Capella runs?
How hold the Pleiades their bond?
How storms the hidden war beyond
Orion's dreadful sword of suns?
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
Eternity! thine awful hands
Shall blot the Lion from our skies,
And build thy dark for future eyes
Where now illumed Orion stands.
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
Till Heaven blew clear of cloud, showed each
Most tiny baby-star as fine
As any jewel of kings. Orion
Triumphed through bare tracery of beech.
"The Companions" by Ivor Gurney
My candle a silent fire doth shed,
Starry Orion hunts o'erhead;
Come moth, come shadow, the world is dead:
Alas, my loved one is gone,
I am alone;
It is winter.
"Alone" by Walter de la Mare
We rose up in the night,
The morning star was shining;
We carried the child in its slumber light
Out by the myrtles twining: Orion over the sea hung bright,
And glorious in declining.
"A Cottage In A Chine" by Jean Ingelow
ONCE more Orion and the sister Seven
Look on thee from the skies that hailed thy birth,--
How shall we welcome thee, whose home was heaven,
From thy celestial wanderings back to earth?
"A Welcome To Dr. Benjamin Apthorp Gould" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Orion is bright and can be seen from inside smaller cities.
Orion O'Neill is Marin student of the week for Dec 10, 2012.
Orion O'Neill, student of the week.
The Orion Art Center will be hosting a special open house on Friday, Nov 18, from 6-8 pm, in honor of longtime Director Reggie Harrison.
Order Orion Samuelson's memoir: 'You Can't Dream Big Enough'.
A settlement has been struck in a federal class-action lawsuit brought against the former boss of Orion Bank.
The former boss of Naples-based Orion Bank is behind bars, doing time for his crime.
NASA adds Orion test flight.
Space-bound Orion capsule arrives at Kennedy Space Center.
Metallica Triumph at First Annual Orion Music + More Festival.
The first space-bound Orion capsule, the centerpiece of NASA's post-shuttle exploration program, was officially unveiled at NASA's Florida spaceport Monday.
NASA drops test Orion capsule in pool at Langley Research Center.
Moog shooting for the stars with Orion program.
Former actress, Liberty Phoenix, sister of Joaquin, named one of her sons, Indigo Orion .
Clarkston 21, Lake Orion 14.

In science:

Colder clouds in Orion A have also been observed, and β found to be 1.9 (Ristorcelli et al. 1998).
The SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey II. 450 micron data - evidence for cold dust in bright IRAS Galaxies
Such a richness in molecular species makes this core very similar to Orion-KL (Wright, Plambeck, & Wilner 1996) and other HCs (Kurtz et al. 2000).
Relative Evolutionary Time Scale of Hot Molecular Cores with Respect to Ultra Compact HII Regions
This leads to a basic constraint on star formation within cores in Orion of 1 ≤ N ≤ 3.
Limits on the primordial stellar multiplicity
Also, the potential well of larger clusters (such as Orion) is too deep to allow the loss of stars ejected at such velocities.
Limits on the primordial stellar multiplicity
This value agrees within a factor of 2 with those observed in prototypical Galactic PDRs like the Orion Bar and NGC 7023.
Detection of CO+ in the nucleus of M82