cosmology

noun cos·mol·o·gy \ käz-ˈmä-lə-jē \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of cosmology

plural cosmologies
1 a :a branch of metaphysics that deals with the nature of the universe
b :a theory or doctrine describing the natural order of the universe
2 :a branch of astronomy that deals with the origin, structure, and space-time relationships of the universe; also :a theory dealing with these matters

cosmological

play \ˌkäz-mə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ adjective

cosmologically

play \ˌkäz-mə-ˈlä-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

cosmologist

play \käz-ˈmä-lə-jist\ noun

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cosmology and Star Trek

Most religions and cultures include some kind of cosmology to explain the nature of the universe. In modern astronomy, the leading cosmology is still the Big Bang theory, which claims that the universe began with a huge explosion that sent matter and energy spreading out in all directions. One reason why fans watch Star Trek is for the various cosmologies depicted in the show, including different conceptions of space, time, and the meaning of life.

Origin and Etymology of cosmology

New Latin cosmologia, from Greek kosmos — see cosmic + New Latin -logia -logy


COSMOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners

cosmology

noun

Definition of cosmology for English Language Learners

  • : the scientific study of the origin and structure of the universe



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