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[pik-er-ing, pik-ring] /ˈpɪk ər ɪŋ, ˈpɪk rɪŋ/
Edward Charles, 1846–1919, and his brother, William Henry, 1858–1938, U.S. astronomers. Unabridged
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  • Pickering endeavored to raise himself in the bed, but sank back with a groan.

    The Revellers Louis Tracy
  • She did not feel inclined to discuss Mrs. Pickering with the boy that evening.

    Bird of Paradise Ada Leverson
  • “Well, I don't see how you can work so for a lot of disgusting pickaninnies,” said Pickering, stretching his long figure lazily.

  • I suspect it to be addressed to the mother of his beloved friend, Pickering.

    Bird of Paradise Ada Leverson
  • What possible business do you suppose he has with Mr. Pickering?

    The House of a Thousand Candles Meredith Nicholson
British Dictionary definitions for Pickering


Edward Charles. 1846–1919, US astronomer, who invented the meridian photometer
his brother, William Henry. 1858–1938, US astronomer, who discovered Phoebe, the ninth satellite of Saturn, and predicted (1919) the existence and position of Pluto
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Pickering in Science
American astronomer who made many innovations in the equipment used to observe and measure the distance of stars. In 1884 he published the first catalog of stellar magnitudes. His brother William Henry Pickering (1858-1938) discovered Phoebe, the ninth moon of Saturn (1899), and predicted the existence of Pluto (1919).
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