orrery

noun
or·​rery | \ ˈȯr-ər-ē How to pronounce orrery (audio) , ˈär- \
plural orreries

Definition of orrery

: an apparatus showing the relative positions and motions of bodies in the solar system by balls moved by a clockwork

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Examples of orrery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Christina suggests Hiram’s hidden pages are connected to his orrery — or solar system model — which was secreted away in his home. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 8 Sep. 2020 And like a globe, an orrery also serves a practical function. Jay Bennett And Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 19 Jan. 2021 Christina suggests Hiram’s hidden pages are connected to his orrery — or solar system model — which was secreted away in his home. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 8 Sep. 2020 Christina suggests Hiram’s hidden pages are connected to his orrery — or solar system model — which was secreted away in his home. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 8 Sep. 2020 Christina suggests Hiram’s hidden pages are connected to his orrery — or solar system model — which was secreted away in his home. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 8 Sep. 2020 Christina suggests Hiram’s hidden pages are connected to his orrery — or solar system model — which was secreted away in his home. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 8 Sep. 2020 Hippolyta finds in the orrery, which send her to the observatory (the numbers are 39.805499 and -95.159492). Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 28 Sep. 2020 Christina suggests Hiram’s hidden pages are connected to his orrery — or solar system model — which was secreted away in his home. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 8 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of orrery

1713, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orrery

Charles Boyle †1731 4th Earl of Orrery

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“Orrery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orrery. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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