geo·​cen·​tric | \ ˌjē-ō-ˈsen-trik How to pronounce geocentric (audio) \

Definition of geocentric

1a : relating to, measured from, or as if observed from the earth's center — compare topocentric
b : having or relating to the earth as center — compare heliocentric
2 : taking or based on the earth as the center of perspective and valuation

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Other Words from geocentric

geocentrically \ ˌjē-​ō-​ˈsen-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce geocentric (audio) \ adverb

Examples of geocentric in a Sentence

the old geocentric theory that the Sun goes round the Earth
Recent Examples on the Web Neo-geocentric theories represent attempts to sneak a consoling religious assumption—this universe is all about us—back into science, and so does conservation of information. John Horgan, Scientific American, "Will the Universe Remember Us after We're Gone?," 5 Nov. 2020 Going further, to geocentric orbits where satellites hang high above the Earth, is even more expensive. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "NASA will set a price on lunar ice. Why?," 11 June 2020 Competing with Copernicus was a nearly equivalent geocentric model. Kyle Peterson, WSJ, "An Astronomer’s View of the Christmas Sky," 21 Dec. 2018 But Cellarius’s magnificent rendering of the geocentric cosmos endures., "The human species is ever-changing and with it our view of the universe.," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of geocentric

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Geocentric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of geocentric

: having or relating to the Earth as the center

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