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[hee-lee-oh-sen-trik] /ˌhi li oʊˈsɛn trɪk/
adjective, Astronomy
measured or considered as being seen from the center of the sun.
having or representing the sun as a center:
the heliocentric concept of the universe.
Origin of heliocentric
1660-70; helio- + -centric
Related forms
heliocentrically, adverb
[hee-lee-oh-sen-tris-i-tee] /ˌhi li oʊ sɛnˈtrɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
[hee-lee-oh-sen-truh-siz-uh m] /ˌhi li oʊˈsɛn trəˌsɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for heliocentric
  • Today the same people who rail against evolution have no problem with a heliocentric world view.
  • However, he did say that he did not think evolution as well established a fact as the heliocentric nature of the universe.
  • His promulgation of the heliocentric theory ignites a scientific revolution that changes history.
  • The truth of its wrongness is as well taken as the truth of the heliocentric solar system.
  • Note that the heliocentric orbit energy is constant until a near encounter with a planet occurs.
  • It took some time to begin to understand the motion of the planets against the sky and how the solar system was heliocentric.
  • Neither does atomic theory of matter, the heliocentric model of the solar system, or plate tectonics.
British Dictionary definitions for heliocentric


having the sun at its centre
measured from or in relation to the centre of the sun
Derived Forms
heliocentrically, adverb
heliocentricity, heliocentricism, noun
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Word Origin and History for heliocentric

1680s, from helio- + -centric.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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heliocentric in Science
  1. Relating to or measured from the center of the Sun.

  2. Relating to a model of the solar system or universe having the Sun as the center. Compare geocentric. See Note at Copernicus.

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