Copernican system
Pythagorean Pyth`a*go"re*an, a. [L. Pythagoreus, Gr. ?.] Of or pertaining to Pythagoras (a Greek philosopher, born about 582 b. c.), or his philosophy. [1913 Webster]

The central thought of the Pythagorean philosophy is the idea of number, the recognition of the numerical and mathematical relations of things. --Encyc. Brit. [1913 Webster]

{Pythagorean proposition} (Geom.), the theorem that the square described upon the hypothenuse of a plane right-angled triangle is equal to the sum of the squares described upon the other two sides.

{Pythagorean system} (Astron.), the commonly received system of astronomy, first taught by Pythagoras, and afterward revived by Copernicus, whence it is also called the {Copernican system}.

{Pythagorean letter}. See {Y.} [1913 Webster]


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  • Copernican system — n. the theory of Copernicus that the planets revolve around the sun and that the turning of the earth on its axis from west to east accounts for the apparent rising and setting of the stars: basis of modern astronomy * * * or Copernican principle …   Universalium

  • Copernican system — (also Copernican theory) ► NOUN ▪ the theory proposed by the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473 1543) that the sun is the centre of the solar system, with the planets (including the earth) orbiting round it. Compare with PTOLEMAIC… …   English terms dictionary

  • Copernican system — n. the theory of Copernicus that the planets revolve around the sun and that the turning of the earth on its axis from west to east accounts for the apparent rising and setting of the stars: basis of modern astronomy …   English World dictionary

  • Copernican system — Koperniko sistema statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. Copernican system vok. kopernikanisches System, n rus. система Коперника, f pranc. système de Copernic, m …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • Copernican system — [kə pə:nɪk(ə)n] (also Copernican theory) noun Astronomy the theory proposed by Nicolaus Copernicus that the sun is the centre of the solar system, with the planets (including the earth) orbiting round it. Compare with Ptolemaic system …   English new terms dictionary

  • Copernican system — n. (also Copernican theory) Astron. the theory that the planets (including the earth) move round the sun (cf. Ptolemaic system). Etymology: Copernicus latinized f. M. Kopernik, Polish astronomer d. 1543 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Copernican System —    The heliocentric or sun centered theory of the universe was postulated by a great Polish astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus (1473 1543). For more than fourteen hundred years people had accepted the system of Ptolemy, namely, that the sun moved… …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • Copernican system — noun A heliocentric model of the solar system, proposed in the 16th Century by the eponymous astronomer …   Wiktionary

  • Copernican system — Co|per|ni|can sys|tem, the the idea, first suggested by Copernicus, that the Earth and the other ↑planets all travel in circles around the sun. Before this it was believed, according to the Ptolemaic system, that the Earth was at the centre of… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Copernican system — /kəpɜnɪkən ˈsɪstəm/ (say kuhpernikuhn sistuhm) noun a model of the universe in which the planets revolved around the sun. Compare Ptolemaic system …   Australian English dictionary

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