Copernican
adjective Etymology: Nicolaus Copernicus Date: 1667 1. of or relating to Copernicus or the belief that the earth rotates daily on its axis and the planets revolve in orbits around the sun 2. of radical or major importance or degree <
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Copernican nounCopernicanism noun

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  • Copernican — means of or pertaining to the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus For the Copernican system of astronomy, see heliocentrism For the philosophical principle, see Copernican principle For the lunar geological period, see Copernician Copernican… …   Wikipedia

  • Copernican — Co*per ni*can, a. Pertaining to Copernicus, a Prussian by birth (b. 1473, d. 1543), who taught the world the solar system now received, called the Copernican system. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Copernican — 1660s, pertaining to COPERNICUS (Cf. Copernicus) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Copernican — adjective 1. of radical or major importance a Copernican revolution in modern art • Similar to: ↑important, ↑of import 2. according to Copernicus in the Copernican system the earth and other planets revolve around the sun • Similar to: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Copernican — /koh perr ni keuhn, keuh /, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Copernicus or his theories. 2. important and radically different; thoroughgoing: a Copernican revolution in modern art. [1660 70; COPERNIC(US) + AN] * * * …   Universalium

  • Copernican — [kə pə:nɪk(ə)n] adjective relating to the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473–1543) or to the Copernican system …   English new terms dictionary

  • Copernican — Co•per•ni•can [[t]koʊˈpɜr nɪ kən, kə [/t]] adj. 1) of or pertaining to Copernicus or his theories 2) important and radically different: a Copernican revolution in modern art[/ex] • Etymology: 1660–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • Copernican — /kəˈpɜnɪkən/ (say kuh pernikuhn) adjective 1. relating to the astronomic system of Copernicus. 2. of radical or major importance or degree: a Copernican step in education …   Australian English dictionary

  • Copernican — adjective a) Of or pertaining to (1473 1543), the influential astronomer. b) Or of pertaining to one or more of his theories …   Wiktionary

  • Copernican — Co·per·ni·can || kəʊ pɜːnɪkÉ™n adj. of Copernicus and his theories (Polish astronomer) …   English contemporary dictionary

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