Orrery Or"re*ry, n.; pl. {Orreries}. [So named in honor of the Earl of Orrery.] An apparatus which illustrates, by the revolution of balls moved by wheelwork, the relative size, periodic motions, positions, orbits, etc., of bodies in the solar system. [1913 Webster]

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  • orrery — /awr euh ree, or /, n., pl. orreries. 1. an apparatus for representing the positions, motions, and phases of the planets, satellites, etc., in the solar system. 2. any of certain similar machines, as a planetarium. [1705 15; named after Charles… …   Universalium

  • orrery — noun (plural orreries) Etymology: Charles Boyle died 1731 4th Earl of Orrery Date: 1713 an apparatus showing the relative positions and motions of bodies in the solar system by balls moved by a clockwork …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ORRERY —    is a mechanical toy which exhibits, by an arrangement of rods, balls, and toothed wheels, the sun, the planets, and their moons, all performing their respective motions; so named after the Earl of Orrery, for whom Charles Boyle made the first… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Orrery — Or|re|ry [ ɔrəri] das; s, s <nach Ch. Boyle, dem Earl of Orrery (1676 1731)> mechanisches Gerät, das die relativen Bewegungen einiger Planeten u. Monde anzeigt (Astron.) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

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