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outer planet

noun, Astronomy
1.
any of the four planets with orbits outside the orbit of Mars, namely, the planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
Compare inner planet.
Origin of outer planet
1940-1945
1940-45
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  • The explanation of the movement of an outer planet like Mars could also be deduced from the joint effect of two perfect motions.

    Great Astronomers R. S. Ball
  • Let us assume that this outer planet has started on its course, in a prescribed path, and that it has a certain mass.

    Great Astronomers R. S. Ball
  • For consider the facts which characterise the movements of an outer planet such as Mars.

    Great Astronomers R. S. Ball
  • Le Verrier's prediction of an outer planet was a matter of dead certainty.

    Mars and its Mystery Edward Sylvester Morse
  • We'd better make the limits of your sovereignty the orbit of the outer planet of this system.

    A Slave is a Slave Henry Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for outer planet

outer planet

noun
1.
any of the planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and (formerly) Pluto, whose orbit lies outside the asteroid belt
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outer planet in Science
outer planet  
Any of the five planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, whose orbits lie outside that of Mars. With the exception of Pluto, the outer planets are large gas giants. Compare inner planet. See also superior planet.
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