Uranus Definition

yo͝o-rānəs, yo͝orə-nəs
noun
A god who is the personification of the heavens, the son and husband of Gaea (Earth) and father of the Titans, Furies, and Cyclopes: he is overthrown by his son Cronus (Saturn)
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The third largest planet of the solar system and the seventh in distance from the sun: it has a system of thin rings around the equator: diameter, c. 51,120 km (c. 31,770 mi); period of revolution, c. 84.01 earth years; period of rotation (retrograde), c. 17.24 hours around an axis tilted 98° to its orbital plane; 27 satellites; symbol, ♅
Webster's New World
Uranus was discovered by Sir William Herschel a German-born astronomer from Britain on March 13, 1781. Although Uranus had been seen in the sky before this time, it was dismissed as being a star and not a planet.
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Before the planet was called Uranus in 1850, it was first called Georgium Sidus, or the Georgian Planet in honor of King George III of England.
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Uranus is 1,784,860,000 miles from the Sun.
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Synonyms:
  • ouranos
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Origin of Uranus

  • Late Latin U̯ranus from Greek ouranos heaven, the god Uranus Sense 2, from New Latin U̯ranus since Uranus was Saturn's father just as Saturn was Jupiter's father (thus making the order of the planets' names reflect mythological genealogy)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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