Ptolemy


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Ptol·e·my 1

 (tŏl′ə-mē)
An Egyptian dynasty of Macedonian kings (323-30 bc). The Ptolemies included Ptolemy I (367?-283?), a general in Alexander the Great's army who succeeded him as ruler of Egypt (323-285), and Ptolemy XV (47-30), who ruled as coregent (44-30) with his mother, Cleopatra.

Ptol·e·my 2

 (tŏl′ə-mē) fl. second century ad.
Alexandrian Greek astronomer and geographer whose geocentric model of the universe dominated cosmological theory until the Renaissance.

Ptolemy

(ˈtɒlɪmɪ)
n
(Biography) Latin name Claudius Ptolemaeus. 2nd century ad, Greek astronomer, mathematician, and geographer. His Geography was the standard geographical textbook until the discoveries of the 15th century. His system of astronomy (see Ptolemaic system), as expounded in the Almagest, remained undisputed until the Copernican system was evolved

Ptol•e•my

(ˈtɒl ə mi)

n., pl. -mies.
1. (Claudius Ptolemaeus) fl. A.D. 127–151, Alexandrian mathematician, astronomer, and geographer.
2. any of the kings of the Macedonian dynasty in Egypt 323–30 b.c.

Ptol•e•my

(ˈtɒl ə mi)
n.
1. Ptolemy I, (surnamed Soter) 367?–280 B.C., ruler of Egypt 323–285: founder of Macedonian dynasty in Egypt.
2. Ptolemy II, (surnamed Philadelphus) 309?–247? B.C., king of Egypt 285–247? (son of Ptolemy I).

Ptol·e·my

(tŏl′ə-mē)
Second century a.d. Greek astronomer and mathematician who based his astronomy on the belief that all heavenly bodies revolve around Earth. See more at Copernicus.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Ptolemy - Alexandrian astronomer (of the 2nd century) who proposed a geocentric system of astronomy that was undisputed until the late RenaissancePtolemy - Alexandrian astronomer (of the 2nd century) who proposed a geocentric system of astronomy that was undisputed until the late Renaissance
2.Ptolemy - an ancient dynasty of Macedonian kings who ruled Egypt from 323 BC to 30 BC; founded by Ptolemy I and ended with Cleopatra
dynasty - a sequence of powerful leaders in the same family
Ptolemy I - the king of Egypt who founded the Macedonian dynasty in Egypt; a close friend and general of Alexander the Great who took charge of Egypt after Alexander died (circa 367-285 BC)
Ptolemy II - son of Ptolemy I and king of Egypt who was said to be responsible for the Septuagint (circa 309-247 BC)
Translations
Ptolemaios

Ptolemy

[ˈtɒləmɪ] NTolomeo

Ptolemy

n (astronomer) → Ptolemäus m; (king) → Ptolemaois m; (dynasty) → Ptolemäer pl
References in classic literature ?
As Ptolemy Philopater testified of the African elephant, I then testified of the whale, pronouncing him the most devout of all beings.
Alderman Ptolemy Tortoise brought a salad with him in a string bag.
What mind, that is not wholly barbarous and uncultured, can find pleasure in reading of how a great tower full of knights sails away across the sea like a ship with a fair wind, and will be to-night in Lombardy and to-morrow morning in the land of Prester John of the Indies, or some other that Ptolemy never described nor Marco Polo saw?
It was carried on by Darius, the son of Hystaspes, and probably finished by Ptolemy II.
This put me a little out, but I began to make other inquiries in regard to his astronomical knowledge, when a member of the company, who had never as yet opened his mouth, whispered in my ear, that for information on this head, I had better consult Ptolemy (whoever Ptolemy is), as well as one Plutarch de facie lunae.
It is supposed that these vast plains are strewn with blocks of lava from the neighboring volcanoes on its right, Ptolemy, Purbach, Arzachel.
She worked on an instrument on Philae called Ptolemy that sniffs and analyses gas and dust.
In 150AD, a catalogue was compiled by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy.
The instrument, Ptolemy, is a shoe-box sized gas analysis instrument.
721 BC: The first recorded eclipse was observed by the Babylonians, according to the Greek astronomer Ptolemy.
After his death Berenice took her children to Egypt and married the first Greek Pharoah, Ptolemy I.
His first articles on the eastern place-names of Ptolemy appeared more than fifty years ago (e.