cosmology
noun (plural -gies) Etymology: New Latin cosmologia, from Greek kosmos + New Latin -logia -logy Date: circa 1656 1. a. a branch of metaphysics that deals with the nature of the universe b. a theory or doctrine describing the natural order of the universe 2. a branch of astronomy that deals with the origin, structure, and space-time relationships of the universe; also a theory dealing with these matters • cosmological adjectivecosmologically adverbcosmologist noun

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  • Cosmology — • In our day cosmology is a branch of philosophical study, and therefore excludes from its investigation whatever forms the object of the natural sciences Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Cosmology     Cosmology …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • cosmology — cos*mol o*gy (k[o^]z*m[o^]l [ o]*j[y^]), n. [Gr. ko smos the world + logy: cf. F. cosmologie.] 1. The branch of science or philosophy dealing with the origin and nature of the universe as a whole. specifically (a) (Philosophy) the branch of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cosmology — 1650s, from Mod.L. cosmologia, from Gk. kosmos (see COSMOS (Cf. cosmos)) + logia discourse (see LOGY (Cf. logy)). Related: Cosmological; cosmologist …   Etymology dictionary

  • cosmology — ► NOUN (pl. cosmologies) 1) the science of the origin and development of the universe. 2) an account or theory of the origin of the universe. DERIVATIVES cosmological adjective cosmologist noun …   English terms dictionary

  • cosmology — [käz mäl′ə jē] n. [ML cosmologia: see COSMO & LOGY] 1. the scientific study of the form, content, organization, and evolution of the universe 2. the branch of metaphysics dealing with the origin and structure of the universe cosmological [käz΄mə… …   English World dictionary

  • Cosmology — The Hubble Ultra Deep Field. Every speck of light in this image is an entire galaxy. This is just a small region of a Universe which could contain as many as 200 billion galaxies. Cosmology is the discipline that deals with the nature of the… …   Wikipedia

  • COSMOLOGY — Cosmological theories describe the physical structure of the universe. For cosmology in the Bible, see creation . In the Talmud According to R. Simeon b. Yoḥai, the earth and the heavens are like a pot with a cover. This cover is the raki a, the… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • cosmology — cosmologer, cosmologist, n. cosmological /koz meuh loj i keuhl/, cosmologic, adj. cosmologically, adv. /koz mol euh jee/, n. 1. the branch of philosophy dealing with the origin and general structure of the universe, with its parts, elements, and… …   Universalium

  • cosmology — [[t]kɒzmɒ̱ləʤi[/t]] cosmologies 1) N VAR A cosmology is a theory about the origin and nature of the universe. ...the ideas implicit in Big Bang cosmology. 2) N UNCOUNT Cosmology is the study of the origin and nature of the universe. Derived words …   English dictionary

  • Cosmology —    Shamans and their communities usually share a cosmology, a view of the world, that includes an understanding of both how everything works and how it began. Generally, shamanic cosmologies are animist, although neo shamanism’s modernist… …   Historical dictionary of shamanism

  • COSMOLOGY —    a series of related arguments and inquiries about the NATURE of the UNIVERSE in general and the world in particular. In RELIGION, cosmology refers to beliefs about the origins of things and the relationship between human affairs and the cosmos …   Concise dictionary of Religion

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