Milky Way


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Milky Way

n.
1. The galaxy containing the sun, solar system, and all of the individually visible stars in the night sky, along with various nebulae, star clusters, and dust clouds, thought to have a super-massive black hole at its center of mass.
2. The broad meandering band of faint light that consists of stars from this galaxy and is often visible in the night sky.

[Middle English, translation of Latin via lactea : via, way + lactea, feminine of lacteus, milky.]

Milky Way

n
1. (Celestial Objects) the diffuse band of light stretching across the night sky that consists of millions of faint stars, nebulae, etc, within our Galaxy
2. (Celestial Objects) another name for the Galaxy
[C14: translation of Latin via lactea]

Milk′y Way′


n.
the spiral galaxy containing our solar system, seen as a luminous band stretching across the night sky and composed of approximately a trillion stars.
[1350–1400; Middle English, translation of Latin via lactea; compare galaxy]

Milk·y Way

(mĭl′kē)
The galaxy containing the solar system. It is visible as a broad band of faint light in the night sky.

Milky Way

The spiral galaxy home of our solar system. Its 150 billion stars extend for 500,000 light years and have existed for about 12 billion years.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Milky Way - the galaxy containing the solar systemMilky Way - the galaxy containing the solar system; consists of millions of stars that can be seen as a diffuse band of light stretching across the night sky
extragalactic nebula, galaxy - (astronomy) a collection of star systems; any of the billions of systems each having many stars and nebulae and dust; "`extragalactic nebula' is a former name for `galaxy'"
heliosphere - the region inside the heliopause containing the sun and solar system
Crux, Crux Australis, Southern Cross - a small conspicuous constellation in the southern hemisphere in the Milky Way near Centaurus
Translations
Mléčná dráha
Linnunrata
vetrarbraut
Via Lactea
Vintergatan

Milky Way

nMilchstraße f

Milky Way

n the Milky Wayla Via Lattea
References in classic literature ?
Levin listened to the monotonous drip from the lime trees in the garden, and looked at the triangle of stars he knew so well, and the Milky Way with its branches that ran through its midst.
Among these 5,000 nebulae there is one which has received the name of the Milky Way, and which contains eighteen millions of stars, each of which has become the center of a solar world.
He recovered the axe in the midst of the Milky Way of checks, starched shirts, and manuscripts, and prepared, when he came down, to kill Joe.
And some certain significance lurks in all things, else all things are little worth, and the round world itself but an empty cipher, except to sell by the cartload, as they do hills about Boston, to fill up some morass in the Milky Way.
One thinks Heidelberg by day--with its surroundings-- is the last possibility of the beautiful; but when he sees Heidelberg by night, a fallen Milky Way, with that glittering railway constellation pinned to the border, he requires time to consider upon the verdict.
Thus a spray of clematis would completely obscure Cassiopeia, or blot out with its black pattern myriads of miles of the Milky Way.
But the Milky Way, it seemed to me, was still the same tattered streamer of star-dust as of yore.
Darling there was a commotion in the firmament, and the smallest of all the stars in the Milky Way screamed out:
He was only a captain in the Loamshire Militia, but to the Hayslope tenants he was more intensely a captain than all the young gentlemen of the same rank in his Majesty's regulars--he outshone them as the planet Jupiter outshines the Milky Way.
The great silver cross shone from the depths of the gloom, powdered with some sparkling points, like the milky way of that sepulchral night.
Newman strolled lightly beside her; his head was thrown back and he was gazing at all the stars; he seemed to himself to be riding his vengeance along the Milky Way.
A lighter Milky Way commands fewer followers, much like as it right now.