island universe

noun

Definition of island universe

: a galaxy other than the Milky Way

Examples of island universe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Filled to the brim with hundreds of billions of stars, these island universes often seem like the most prominent occupants of space’s vast emptiness. Scientific American, "Nanomachines, Jellyfish Hugs and Hurricane Dorian From Space: The Week's Best Science GIFs," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of island universe

1867, in the meaning defined above

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“Island universe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/island%20universe. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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