geocentric

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adjective geo·cen·tric \ˌjē-ō-ˈsen-trik\

Definition of geocentric

  1. 1 a :  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. 2 :  taking or based on the earth as the center of perspective and valuation

geocentrically

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Examples of geocentric in a sentence

  1. the old geocentric theory that the Sun goes round the Earth

Did You Know?

The idea that the Earth is the center of the universe and that the sun revolves around it is an ancient one, probably dating back to the earliest humans. Not until 1543 did the Polish astronomer Copernicus publish his calculations proving that the Earth actually revolves around the sun, thus replacing the geocentric model with a heliocentric model (from Helios, the Greek god of the sun). But geocentrism remains central to various religious sects around the world, and still today one in five adult Americans believes the sun revolves around the Earth.

1686

First Known Use of geocentric

1686


GEOCENTRIC Defined for English Language Learners

geocentric

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adjective geo·cen·tric \ˌjē-ō-ˈsen-trik\

Definition of geocentric for English Language Learners

  • : having or relating to the Earth as the center


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