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Definitions of asteroid

  1. any of numerous small celestial bodies composed of rock and metal that move around the sun (mainly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A starlike body; esp. one of the numerous small planets whose orbits lie between those of Mars and Jupiter; - called also planetoids and minor planets. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. One of the minor planets revolving between Mars and Jupiter. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. One of the small planets. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. One of the very small planets between Mars and Jupiter. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. One of the little planets between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. One of the minor planets. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  8. shaped like a star Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. ASTEROIDAL. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. Star-shaped; pertaining to the star-fish. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

Usage examples for asteroid

  1. A collision was possible which would have had deplorable results, either by making the projectile deviate from its route and fall back upon the earth, or be caught up by the attractive power of the asteroid – The Moon-Voyage by Jules Verne
  2. " We've been on the asteroid longer. – Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet by Harold Leland Goodwin
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