asteroid belt

noun

Definition of asteroid belt

: the region of interplanetary space between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter in which most asteroids are found

Examples of asteroid belt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2019, the farm belt felt about as hospitable as the asteroid belt. BostonGlobe.com, "With Trump’s farm bailout came surprising profits, but little help for the neediest - The Boston Globe," 31 Dec. 2019 In 2019, the farm belt felt about as hospitable as the asteroid belt. BostonGlobe.com, "With Trump’s farm bailout came surprising profits, but little help for the neediest - The Boston Globe," 31 Dec. 2019 In 2019, the farm belt felt about as hospitable as the asteroid belt. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, "With Trump’s farm bailout came surprising profits, but little help for the neediest," 30 Dec. 2019 One of them lies within the solar system's main asteroid belt. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Sounds Like We're Close to Exploring Jupiter's Crazy-Old Asteroids," 24 Oct. 2019 Ceres is the largest member of the asteroid belt, located between Mars and Jupiter. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Massive ice volcanoes once covered dwarf planet Ceres eons ago," 19 Sep. 2018 The second image is from December 9, when the comet was 185 million miles from Earth below the inner edge of the asteroid belt. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Hubble catches interstellar comet as it flies past the sun," 12 Dec. 2019 The bodies of our Solar System's asteroid belt have violent pasts. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Collision liquified the 4th-largest asteroid, turning it into a dwarf planet," 29 Oct. 2019 The Pioneer probes were proof-of-concept craft, sent to see how dangerous the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter was, and to observe the toxic radiation environment around Jupiter. Shannon Stirone, Wired, "Space Photos of the Week: Oh Pioneers!," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of asteroid belt

1870, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jan 2020

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“Asteroid belt.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/asteroid%20belt. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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