Uranus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Uranus a giant planet with a ring of ice particles; the 7th planet from the sun has a blue-green color and many satellites "Uranus was discovered by William Herschel in 1781"
    • n Uranus (Greek mythology) god of the heavens; son and husband of Gaea and father of the Titans in ancient mythology
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Uranus has 27 moons
    • Uranus (Astron) One of the primary planets. It is about 1,800,000,000 miles from the sun, about 36,000 miles in diameter, and its period of revolution round the sun is nearly 84 of our years.
    • Uranus (Gr. Myth) The son or husband of Gaia (Earth), and father of Chronos (Time) and the Titans.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Uranus? winter and summer seasons last the equivalent of 21 Earth years
    • n Uranus In classical mythology, the son of Ge or Gaia (the Earth), and by her the father of the Titans, Cyclopes, etc. He hated his children, and confined them in Tartarus; but on the instigation of Gaia, Kronos, the youngest of the Titans, overthrew and dethroned him. Also written Ouranos.
    • n Uranus In astronomy, the outermost but one of the planets, appearing to the naked eye as a faint star. It was discovered as a moving body with a disk, March 13th, 1781, by Sir W. Herschel, but had previously been observed twenty times as a star by different observers. These are called the ancient observations of Uranus. The planet, seen with a telescope of the first class, appears as a small bluish disk with two bands. The diameter perpendicular to these is less than that parallel to them by 1/14. It is a little smaller than Neptune, its diameter being 31,000 miles; its mass is 1/22600 of the sun, or 14.7 times
    • n Uranus that of the earth; its density is therefore about 1.4, being a little more than that of Jupiter. It is about 19.2 times as far from the sun as the earth is; and its period of revolution is about eighty-four years and one week. It has four satellites—Ariel, Umbriel, Titania, and Oberou—of which the first two are extremely difficult telescopic objects. They revolve in one plane nearly perpendicular to that of the orbit of the planet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: All the moons of the Solar System are named after Greek and Roman mythology, except the moons of Uranus, which are named after Shakespearean characters.
    • n Uranus ū′ra-nus the name of one of the primary planets.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Uranus, Gr. O'yrano`s Uranus, o'yrano`s heaven, sky. Cf. Uranium
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. ouranos, heaven.

Usage

In literature:

Both Uranus and Neptune are approximately upon our present course.
"Spacehounds of IPC" by Edward Elmer Smith
Another cherry at the distance of three-quarters of a mile would stand for Uranus.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851" by Various
Astrologers agree in attributing evil effects to Uranus.
"Myths and Marvels of Astronomy" by Richard A. Proctor
In Phoenician mythology, one of the sons of Uranus is named Baetylus.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
He fixed the mean diameter of Uranus at 34,900 miles.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
Their satellites, with the exception of those of Uranus and Neptune, perform their revolutions in obedience to the same law.
"The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'" by Thomas Orchard
Uranus discovered in 1781.
"Pioneers of Science" by Oliver Lodge
Uranus and Neptune are too far away to present any attraction for amateur observers.
"Pleasures of the telescope" by Garrett Serviss
The position of the stars reminded me of the eve of Rodova, except that Uranus was not with us.
"Mrs. Fitz" by J. C. Snaith
His Tables of the Orbit of Uranus were crowned by the Academy, 1790.
"A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations" by Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
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In poetry:

I've shot at heaps of stars since then,
but always it's the same -
A barnyard door has mocked me when
Uranus was my aim.
"Aspiration" by Robert W Service

In news:

The good news is that Jupiter and Uranus will remain close together, and will appear in the same binocular field for all this year.
It's impossible to leave the house anymore without seeing a Real Housewife —of New York, of Atlanta, of New Jersey, of Uranus.
Harvest Moon Meets Up With Uranus in Opposition.
A Harvest full moon will rise this weekend just above the planet Uranus.
The nearly full moon will rise just above the bright planet Jupiter and a somewhat dimmer Uranus on Wednesday.
Astronomers have created the most detailed, high-resolution images of Uranus ever taken, showing off its complex weather patterns and several features that scientists don't completely understand.
Observing Uranus , the ice giant.
Then, Uranus joined Pluto in Virgo and a new awareness of freedom appeared within humanity.
This week Uranus joins (squares) Pluto again.
Uranus /Pluto Square: Part Three.
1781 – William Herschel discovers Uranus , the seventh planet from the sun (More info).
Eruption on 'boring' Uranus excites world of astronomy.
Proposed by British scientists as a joint effort of NASA and the European Space Agency, the mission would offer the first close-up view of Uranus in 25 years.
Four billion years ago, Uranus and Neptune switched places during a gentle ride out to their current orbits.
Images of Uranus and its rings show the difference in viewing angles.
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In science:

Furthermore, it is difficult to construct very massive planets with primarily heavy elements (the behavior shown for the high density case is arbitrary between Uranus and Jupiter).
Planetesimals To Brown Dwarfs: What is a Planet?
This mechanism may explain the existence of Uranus– and Neptune–like exoplanets at larger radii.
Disks around Brown Dwarfs and Cool Stars
Very recently, nine irregular satellites (irregulars) have been discovered around Uranus.
Constraints to Uranus' Great Collision. IV. The Origin of Prospero
In the particular case of Uranus, their existence may cast light on the mechanism responsible for its peculiar rotation axis (Parisi & Brunini 1997, Brunini et al. 2002 (hereafter BP02)).
Constraints to Uranus' Great Collision. IV. The Origin of Prospero
Several theories to account for the large obliquity of Uranus have been proposed.
Constraints to Uranus' Great Collision. IV. The Origin of Prospero
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