heliocentric

adjective

he·​lio·​cen·​tric ˌhē-lē-ō-ˈsen-trik How to pronounce heliocentric (audio)
1
: referred to or measured from the sun's center or appearing as if seen from it
2
: having or relating to the sun as center compare geocentric

Examples of heliocentric in a Sentence

Galileo proposed the heliocentric theory that the Earth goes around the sun.
Recent Examples on the Web And perhaps the church leaders were slightly more at ease with the new heliocentric model of the solar system. Danuta Hamlin, Fox News, 18 Feb. 2024 And so in January 2020, after more than 16 years of service, the Spitzer Space Telescope was deactivated—consigned to drift in a heliocentric orbit until the Sun's fiery expansion at the end of its life a few billion years from now. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 15 May 2023 What Osiander and others found heretical was the very notion of a heliocentric universe. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, 9 Mar. 2023 Eventually, more data, combined with more expansive thinking, ushered in a better model—a heliocentric solar system based on elliptical orbits. Dan Rockmore, The New Yorker, 15 Jan. 2024 From the Copernican heliocentric model of the universe and electricity to penicillin and the discovery of the structure of DNA, these developments transform our globe — and another one has been reached. Deborah Wince-Smith, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 He's always been a complex character, either by being a heliocentric player who the Rockets tailored their entire offense around, or by changing his mind so frequently, he's become a punchline in the international media. Morten Stig Jensen, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Averaging a career-best in scoring and leading the league in steals, Anunoby is among the NBA’s most reliable and established two-way wings, a premium position for all, but especially on a Mavericks team built around Doncic’s heliocentric skill-set that opens ample 3-point opportunities. Dallas News, 26 Jan. 2023 In the third century B.C., the Greek astronomer Aristarchus of Samos proposed a heliocentric model of the universe. Gary Simon, The Atlantic, 28 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of heliocentric was in 1685

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“Heliocentric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heliocentric. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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heliocentric

adjective
he·​lio·​cen·​tric ˌhē-lē-ō-ˈsen-trik How to pronounce heliocentric (audio)
1
: referred to or measured from the sun's center or appearing as if seen from it
2
: having or relating to the sun as a center
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