comet


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Comet Hyakutake was discovered by Yuji Hyakutake of Japan on January 30, 1996

com·et

 (kŏm′ĭt)
n.
A celestial body, observed only in that part of its orbit that is relatively close to the sun, having a head consisting of a solid nucleus surrounded by a nebulous coma up to 2.4 million kilometers (1.5 million miles) in diameter and an elongated curved vapor tail arising from the coma when sufficiently close to the sun. Comets are thought to consist chiefly of ammonia, methane, carbon dioxide, and water.

[Middle English comete, from Old English comēta, from Late Latin, from Latin comētēs, from Greek komētēs, long-haired (star), comet, from komē, hair.]

com′et·ar′y (-ĭ-tĕr′ē), co·met′ic (kə-mĕt′ĭk) adj.

comet

(ˈkɒmɪt)
n
(Celestial Objects) a celestial body that travels around the sun, usually in a highly elliptical orbit: thought to consist of a solid frozen nucleus part of which vaporizes on approaching the sun to form a gaseous luminous coma and a long luminous tail
[C13: from Old French comète, from Latin comēta, from Greek komētēs long-haired, from komē hair]
ˈcometary, cometic adj

com•et

(ˈkɒm ɪt)

n.
a celestial body (with) a central solid mass and a tail of dust and gas and that orbits the sun along a highly eccentric course.
[1150–1200; Middle English comete < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin comētēs,comēta < Greek komḗtēs wearing long hair]
com′et•ar`y (-ɪˌtɛr i) adj.

com·et

(kŏm′ĭt)
A celestial object that orbits the sun along an elongated path. When close to the sun, a comet has a head made up of a gaseous coma surrounding a solid nucleus of ice, frozen gases, and dust. A long, bright stream of gas and dust forms the tail of a comet. See Note at solar system.

comet

- Has a tail, and gets its name from Greek kometes, "long-haired star."
See also related terms for tails.

comet

A dust, gas, and ice body that orbits the Sun and develops a long, bright tail on nearing the Sun.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.comet - (astronomy) a relatively small extraterrestrial body consisting of a frozen mass that travels around the sun in a highly elliptical orbitcomet - (astronomy) a relatively small extraterrestrial body consisting of a frozen mass that travels around the sun in a highly elliptical orbit
astronomy, uranology - the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole
coma - (astronomy) the luminous cloud of particles surrounding the frozen nucleus of a comet; forms as the comet approaches the sun and is warmed
estraterrestrial body, extraterrestrial object - a natural object existing outside the earth and outside the earth's atmosphere
nucleus - (astronomy) the center of the head of a comet; consists of small solid particles of ice and frozen gas that vaporizes on approaching the sun to form the coma and tail

comet

noun
Related words
fear cometophobia
Translations
نـَجْمٌ ذُو ذَنَبنَجْمٌ مُذنَّب
комета
kometa
komet
komeetta
komet
üstökös
komet
halastjarna
彗星
혜성
cometes
kometa
komēta
kométa
komet
komet
ดาวหาง
sao chổi

comet

[ˈkɒmɪt] Ncometa m

comet

[ˈkɒmɪt] ncomète f

comet

nKomet m

comet

[ˈkɒmɪt] ncometa

comet

(ˈkomit) noun
a type of heavenly body which leaves a trail of light behind it as it moves.

comet

نـَجْمٌ ذُو ذَنَب kometa komet Komet κομήτης cometa komeetta comète komet cometa 彗星 혜성 komeet komet kometa cometa комета komet ดาวหาง kuyruklu yıldız sao chổi 彗星
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The flashing cascade of his mane, the curving comet of his tail, invested him with housings more resplendent than gold and silver-beaters could have furnished him.
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Then there was a wild yelp of agony and the poodle went sailing up the aisle; the yelps continued, and so did the dog; he crossed the house in front of the altar; he flew down the other aisle; he crossed before the doors; he clamored up the home-stretch; his anguish grew with his progress, till presently he was but a woolly comet moving in its orbit with the gleam and the speed of light.
So spake the grieslie terrour, and in shape, So speaking and so threatning, grew ten fold More dreadful and deform: on th' other side Incenc't with indignation SATAN stood Unterrifi'd, and like a Comet burn'd, That fires the length of OPHIUCUS huge In th' Artick Sky, and from his horrid hair Shakes Pestilence and Warr.
Their apprehensions arise from several changes they dread in the celestial bodies: for instance, that the earth, by the continual approaches of the sun towards it, must, in course of time, be absorbed, or swallowed up; that the face of the sun, will, by degrees, be encrusted with its own effluvia, and give no more light to the world; that the earth very narrowly escaped a brush from the tail of the last comet, which would have infallibly reduced it to ashes; and that the next, which they have calculated for one-and-thirty years hence, will probably destroy us.
At last a steady twilight brooded over the earth, a twilight only broken now and then when a comet glared across the darkling sky.
Melancholy in a capitalist, like the appearance of a comet, presages some misfortune to the world.
Better a thousand times he should be a milksop than what he, Hunsden, calls 'a fine lad;' and moreover she says that if Hunsden were to become a fixture in the neighbourhood, and were not a mere comet, coming and going, no one knows how, when, where, or why, she should be quite uneasy till she had got Victor away to a school at least a hundred miles off; for that with his mutinous maxims and unpractical dogmas, he would ruin a score of children.
Comets, out of question, have likewise power and effect, over the gross and mass of things; but they are rather gazed upon, and waited upon in their journey, than wisely observed in their effects; specially in, their respective effects; that is, what kind of comet, for magnitude, color, version of the beams, placing in the reign of heaven, or lasting, produceth what kind of effects.
Then Sherlock Holmes cocked his eye at me, leaning back on the cushions with a pleased and yet critical face, like a connoisseur who has just taken his first sip of a comet vintage.
The crowd of blacks, when they saw the balloon over their heads, like a huge comet with a train of dazzling light, were seized with a terror that may be readily imagined.