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heliocentric

[hee-lee-oh-sen-trik] /ˌhi li oʊˈsɛn trɪk/
adjective, Astronomy
1.
measured or considered as being seen from the center of the sun.
2.
having or representing the sun as a center:
the heliocentric concept of the universe.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; helio- + -centric
Related forms
heliocentrically, adverb
heliocentricity
[hee-lee-oh-sen-tris-i-tee] /ˌhi li oʊ sɛnˈtrɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
heliocentricism
[hee-lee-oh-sen-truh-siz-uh m] /ˌhi li oʊˈsɛn trəˌsɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
noun
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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

heliocentric

/ˌhiːlɪəʊˈsɛntrɪk/
adjective
1.
having the sun at its centre
2.
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
adj.

1680s, from helio- + -centric.

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heliocentric in Science
heliocentric
  (hē'lē-ō-sěn'trĭk)   
  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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