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astronomer

[uh-stron-uh-mer] /əˈstrɒn ə mər/
noun
1.
an expert in astronomy; a scientific observer of the celestial bodies.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; see astronomy, -er1
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Examples for astronomers
  • For years, astronomers tried to define a planet by shape, orbit around a star and its influence on other bodies.
  • astronomers say it probably wasn't deadly because the comet was larger than they thought.
  • astronomers announced yesterday that they had found the remains of an ancient cosmic car wreck.
  • But astronomers and chemists have been equally despised.
  • The universe appears to be clumpier than astronomers expected, according to the largest galaxy survey to date.
  • astronomers have made observations and simulations that in some way capture the enormity of our cosmos.
  • astronomers have long thought this sort of intergalactic violence could be the normal way large galaxies grow.
  • One of the largest known stars in the universe is shrinking rapidly, and astronomers don't know why.
  • Most astronomers figured they would need bigger telescopes to find these faint objects.
  • It was once thought that light pollution only affected astronomers, who need to see the night sky in all its glorious clarity.
Word Origin and History for astronomers
astronomer
mid-14c., from astronomy (q.v.), replacing Fr. import astronomyen (c.1300), which, had it survived, probably would have yielded *astronomian. Still in Shakespeare used in places where we would write astrologer.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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