astrophysics

noun

as·​tro·​phys·​ics ˌa-strə-ˈfi-ziks How to pronounce astrophysics (audio)
plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: a branch of astronomy dealing especially with the behavior, physical properties, and dynamic processes of celestial objects and phenomena
astrophysical adjective
astrophysically adverb
astrophysicist noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Only three other professors in any department at the La Jolla campus have previously received that honor — chemistry professor Susan Taylor, astrophysics professor Brian Keating and biochemistry professor Edward Dennis. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Oct. 2022 Tyson earned his masters in philosophy of astrophysics at Columbia University in 1989. Taylor Vasilik, Popular Mechanics, 21 Sep. 2022 The new study of astrophysics diverted resources from the survey, but work continued. H.j. Mccracken, Ars Technica, 13 Sep. 2022 Carole Mundell, head of astrophysics at the University of Bath in England, told The Post via email. Annabelle Timsit, Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2022 The conference topics cover frontier research in areas like analytical chemistry, aging, artificial intelligence, astrophysics, bioengineering, and neuroscience, among many other areas of science. Alex Zhavoronkov, Forbes, 29 June 2022 For their work on quasars, in 2008, Mr. Schmidt and Lynden-Bell shared the prestigious Kavli Prize in astrophysics. Clay Risen, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Sep. 2022 In 2019, a study led by undergraduates studying astrophysics suggested that the object came from interstellar space. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 1 Sep. 2022 Carole Mundell, head of astrophysics at the University of Bath in England, told The Post via email. Annabelle Timsit, Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of astrophysics was in 1870

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“Astrophysics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/astrophysics. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

astrophysics

noun

as·​tro·​phys·​ics ˌas-trə-ˈfiz-iks How to pronounce astrophysics (audio)
: a branch of astronomy dealing with the physical and chemical measurements of the heavenly bodies
astrophysical adjective
astrophysicist noun
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