gas giant


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gas giant

n.
A large planet having a thick gaseous atmosphere but no solid surface due to a low abundance of rock or other solid material. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are gas giants.

gas giant

n
(Celestial Objects) one of the four planets in our solar system that are composed chiefly of hydrogen and helium, namely Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune
[C20: coined by James Blish (1921–75), US science fiction writer]
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Noun1.gas giant - any of the four outermost planets in the solar system; much larger than Earth and gaseous in nature (like Jupiter)
major planet, planet - (astronomy) any of the nine large celestial bodies in the solar system that revolve around the sun and shine by reflected light; Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto in order of their proximity to the sun; viewed from the constellation Hercules, all the planets rotate around the sun in a counterclockwise direction
Translations
géante gazeuse
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