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Definitions of comet

  1. (astronomy) a relatively small extraterrestrial body consisting of a frozen mass that travels around the sun in a highly elliptical orbit Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A member of the solar system which usually moves in an elongated orbit, approaching very near to the sun in its perihelion, and receding to a very great distance from it at its aphelion. A comet commonly consists of three parts: the nucleus, the envelope, or coma, and the tail; but one or more of these parts is frequently wanting. See Illustration in Appendix. Newage Dictionary DB
  3. A blazing star, often having a long blazing train or tail. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. A heavenly body with an eccentric orbit and a luminous tail. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. A heavenly body with luminous train. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. Cometary, cometic. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. A heavenly body, consisting of a coma surrounding a star - like nucleus, with a nebulous train. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. A heavenly body revolving round the sun in a very eccentric orbit, and, when perfect, consisting of three parts, the nucleus, the envelope or coma, and the tail. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. A hairy star; a celestial body accompanied with a train or tail of light. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. COMETARY. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.

Usage examples for comet

  1. Before taking final leave of my shore experiences at the Naval Academy, I will recall, as among them, the superb comet of the autumn of 1858, which we at the school witnessed evening after evening in October of that year, during the release from quarters following supper. – From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life by Captain A. T. Mahan
  2. Your pen has been supplying matter for The Comet I believe. – Semiramis and Other Plays Semiramis, Carlotta And The Poet by Olive Tilford Dargan
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