• WordNet 3.6
    • n galaxy a splendid assemblage (especially of famous people)
    • n galaxy (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'"
    • n galaxy 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are over one hundred billion galaxies with each galaxy having billions of stars
    • Galaxy A splendid or impressive assemblage of persons or things; as, a galaxy of movie stars.
    • Galaxy 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.
    • Galaxy 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A galactic year is 250 million Earth-years. This is the time it takes for our solar system to make one revolution around the Milky Way Galaxy.
    • n galaxy In astronomy, the Milky Way, a luminous band extending around the heavens. It is produced by myriads of stars, into which it is resolved by the telescope. It divides into two great branches, which remain apart for a distance of 150° and then reunite; there are also many smaller branches. At one point it spreads out very widely, exhibiting a fan-like expanse of interlacing branches nearly 20° broad; this terminates abruptly and leaves a kind of gap. At several points are seen dark spots in the midst of some of the brightest portions.
    • n galaxy Hence—2. Any assemblage of splendid, illustrious, or beautiful persons or things.
    • n galaxy Same as galax, 2: a play upon that name.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: At the distance at which our sun is located from the center of the Milky Way galaxy, Earth and the rest of our solar system are moving at a speed of about 170 miles per second around the center.
    • n Galaxy gal′ak-si the Milky-Way, or the luminous band of stars stretching across the heavens: any splendid assemblage.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. galaxie, L. galaxias, fr. Gr. (sc. circle), fr. , , milk; akin to L. lac,. Cf. Lacteal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr. and L., from Gr. galaxiasgala, milk.


In literature:

The mention of JEAN BAPTISTE SIMEON CHARDIN among this brilliant and frivolous galaxy seems almost out of place.
"Six Centuries of Painting" by Randall Davies
Stars of the first magnitude did not appear often in the galaxy of military heroes.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
No, there was not the little finger of a friend in the whole galaxy.
"Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas" by Lloyd Osbourne
How does this fact consist with the hypothesis that nebulae are remote galaxies?
"Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I" by Herbert Spencer
Miss Anthony was present and a galaxy of eloquent New York women made addresses.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
What European parliament could glow with such a galaxy of intellect?
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
Leila Vance was part of that galaxy.
"The Crimson Tide" by Robert W. Chambers
Some galaxy or other spun its giant pinwheel outward toward some destiny of its own.
"Has Anyone Here Seen Kelly?" by Bryce Walton
Preeminent in brilliancy among them is the Southern Cross, a galaxy of stars that never greets us in the North.
"Due South or Cuba Past and Present" by Maturin M. Ballou
And amongst this brilliant galaxy of genius, no name is more deserving of respect than that of Anthony Collins.
"Ancient and Modern Celebrated Freethinkers" by Charles Bradlaugh, A. Collins, and J. Watts

In poetry:

I looked up to the vasty night
Where stars were very small indeed,
And in their galaxy of light
They made me think of daised mead.
"Relativity" by Robert W Service
Oh, the imperishable things
That hands and lips as well as words
Shall speak! Oh movement of white wings,
Oh wheeling galaxies of birds ...!
"Italy" by Aldous Huxley
Then, gathered all about the trees
Glad galaxies of youth are dancing,
Treading the perfume of the flowers,
Filling the hours with mazy glancing.
"The Lanawn Shee" by Francis Ledwidge
How many million galaxies there are
Who knows? and each has countless stars in it,
And each rolls through eternities afar
Beneath the threshold of the Infinite.
"Long Odds" by Aleister Crowley
His was that sense of duty only felt
By souls heroic. In the modest shade
He lived, or fell; but his, Fame's Starry Belt--
His, Fame's own Galaxy, Mahone's Brigade.
"Mahone's Brigade" by James Barron Hope
"High God hath galaxies of stars,
We had hut one to shed us light.
A myriad saints proclaim His name^
Our one hath left us in the night.
Come back, sweet soul^ across the night."
"S. H." by Ethel Clifford

In news:

Farthest known galaxy in the universe discovered.
The galaxy MACS0647-JD (inset) appears very young and is only a fraction of the size of our own Milky Way.
2 million seconds of observing time produce a picture showing thousands of galaxies.
A small section of the Hubble eXtreme Deep Field, or XDF, shows a variety of galaxies.
Farthest galaxy ever seen revealed by space telescopes.
Cosmic lenses discover the farthest galaxy yet found.
The circles pinpoint the galaxies.
Hubble telescope detects farthest , oldest galaxy yet.
The new full-color image reaches much fainter galaxies and includes deep exposures in red light from Hubble's new infrared camera, enabling new studies of the earliest galaxies in the universe.
Galaxy's decline is tough to fathom .
The object spans 50,000 light-years, and it may be the remnant of an eruption from a super-sized black hole at the center of our galaxy.
Astronomers spot humongous 'supermom' galaxy fervently spawning stars (+video).
Astronomers have detected a luminous galaxy some 5.7 billion light years away that produces about 740 new stars each year.
Galaxy appear to be lacking that finishing touch .
The Galaxy announced Monday its annual defeat to Real Madrid.

In science:

LSB galaxies contain more than 109 M⊙ of H I and LSB galaxies include some of the highest MH I /LB galaxies known (O’Neil, Bothun, & Schombert 1999).
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
Galaxy formation is therefore an ongoing hierarchical process: today’s galaxy clusters are the seeds of tomorrow’s galaxies.
A simple model of the hierarchical formation of galaxies
Therefore, we expect that the simple model will not reproduce the center of galaxy clusters in detail which are in the process of merging and have gone non-linear, nor will it predict correctly the galaxy-galaxy correlation at small separation.
A simple model of the hierarchical formation of galaxies
CO appear to be a mixture of barred spiral host galaxies, elliptical galaxies, galaxies with an indeterminant classification, and at least one ongoing ma jor merger.
Molecular Gas in Infrared-Excess, Optically-Selected QSOs and the Connection with Infrared Luminous Galaxies
So, rescaling the galaxy data with a massive bias parameter may not be physically meaningful since no galaxies would have formed in order to allow there to be a predicted galaxy power spectrum.
CMB Constraints on a Baryonic Dark Matter-Dominated Universe