dwarf planet

noun

Definition of dwarf planet

: a celestial body that orbits the sun and has a spherical shape but is not large enough to disturb other objects from its orbit

Examples of dwarf planet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If an entire dwarf planet is more your style, Hope is selling Pluto for a cool $250,000. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 25 Aug. 2021 The dwarf planet's atmosphere comprises a hazy, thin layer of nitrogen, methane, and carbon monoxide. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 June 2021 The artificial tholins absorbed some light that the red regions on the dwarf planet did not. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 June 2021 Hence Comet Bernardinelli-Bernstein’s initial classification as a trans-Neptunian Object (TNO), which is defined as a minor planet or dwarf planet in the Solar System that orbits the Sun at a greater average distance than Neptune. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 24 June 2021 Pluto had the worst fate of all and in 2006 was downgraded to dwarf planet. Fox News, 3 June 2021 So on its way out to deep space the Interstellar Probe could swing by either Quaoar or Gonggong—which could be geologically active—plus another dwarf planet. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 In one example, Google showed a conversation between a person and Pluto, in which the dwarf planet answered complex questions about itself and pushed the conversation in new directions on its own. Washington Post, 19 May 2021 Sure, Pluto got relegated to dwarf planet status, but the real story was always this: the Solar System has a ton of small planets. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dwarf planet.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of dwarf planet

1993, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About dwarf planet

Time Traveler for dwarf planet

Time Traveler

The first known use of dwarf planet was in 1993

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near dwarf planet

dwarf pine

dwarf planet

dwarf plantain

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for dwarf planet

Last Updated

12 Sep 2021

Cite this Entry

“Dwarf planet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dwarf%20planet. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for dwarf planet

dwarf planet

noun

Kids Definition of dwarf planet

: a heavenly body similar to a planet but too small to clear other objects from its orbit

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!