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[as-troh-fiz-iks] /ˌæs troʊˈfɪz ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the branch of astronomy that deals with the physical properties of celestial bodies and with the interaction between matter and radiation in the interior of celestial bodies and in interstellar space.
Origin of astrophysics
1885-90; astro- + physics
Related forms
astrophysical, adjective
[as-troh-fiz-uh-sist] /ˌæs troʊˈfɪz ə sɪst/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for astrophysics
  • His reputation, before he made his splash in climate science, was based on his work in particle physics and astrophysics.
  • Leap seconds are an adjustment to time that has a direct astrophysics connection.
  • Flagship missions at risk as astrophysics funding shrinks.
  • Have hands-on fun with astrophysics, evolution and neuroscience.
  • The source of cosmic rays is a long standing problem in astrophysics.
  • It is joined by ethereal mathematics and big bang astrophysics.
  • Advances in many areas of astrophysics are rate-limited by lack of data.
  • One of the cornerstones of modern astrophysics is the cosmological principle.
  • My first two years of graduate school in astrophysics were wonderful.
  • He has also studied astrophysics, computer science and philosophy.
British Dictionary definitions for astrophysics


(functioning as sing) the branch of physics concerned with the physical and chemical properties, origin, and evolution of the celestial bodies
Derived Forms
astrophysical, adjective
astrophysicist, noun
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astrophysics in Science
The branch of astronomy that deals with the physical and chemical processes that occur in stars, galaxies, and interstellar space. Astrophysics deals with the structure and evolution of stars, the properties of interstellar space and its interactions with systems of stars, and with the structure and dynamics of clusters of stars such as galaxies.
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astrophysics in Culture

astrophysics definition

The branch of astronomy devoted to the study of the physical characteristics and composition of objects in the sky. Typical concerns of astrophysics are how much light the stars give off and the size, mass, and temperature of planets and stars.

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