inferior planet

inferior planet
noun Date: 1633 either of the planets Mercury and Venus whose orbits lie within that of the earth

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • inferior planet — noun A planet that orbits the Sun within the orbit of the Earth, and thus does not show retrograde motion when viewed from Earth Ant: superior planet …   Wiktionary

  • inferior planet — noun any of the planets whose orbit lies inside the earth s orbit • Hypernyms: ↑planet, ↑major planet • Instance Hyponyms: ↑Mercury, ↑Venus …   Useful english dictionary

  • inferior planet — Astron. either of the two planets whose orbits are inside the orbit of the earth: Venus and Mercury. Cf. superior planet. * * * …   Universalium

  • inferior planet — noun Astronomy either of the two planets Mercury and Venus, whose orbits are closer to the sun than the earth s …   English new terms dictionary

  • Inferior and superior planets — The terms inferior planet and superior planet were originally used in the Ptolemaic cosmology to differentiate those planets (Mercury and Venus) that were between the stationary Earth and the orbiting Sun from those planets (Mars, Jupiter, and… …   Wikipedia

  • inferior — /ɪnˈfɪəriə / (say in fearreeuh) adjective 1. (sometimes followed by to) lower in station, rank, or degree. 2. of comparatively low grade; poor in quality: an inferior brand. 3. less important, valuable, or excellent: an inferior worker. 4. lower… …   Australian English dictionary

  • inferior — in•fe•ri•or [[t]ɪnˈfɪər i ər[/t]] adj. 1) low or lower in station, rank, degree, or grade (often fol. by to) 2) low or lower in place or position; closer to the bottom or base 3) of comparatively low grade; poor in quality; substandard 4) bot Bot …   From formal English to slang

  • planet — Synonyms and related words: Earth, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Pluto, Saturn, Uranus, Venus, asteroid, globe, inferior planet, major planet, minor planet, planetoid, secondary planet, solar system, superior planet, terrestrial planet,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • inferior conjunction — noun Date: 1833 a conjunction of an inferior planet with the sun in which the planet is aligned between the earth and the sun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • inferior conjunction — Astron. the alignment of an inferior planet between the sun and the earth. Cf. superior conjunction. [1825 35] * * * …   Universalium

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