Main definitions of cosmos in English

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cosmos1

noun

the cosmos
  • 1The universe seen as a well-ordered whole.

    ‘he sat staring deep into the void, reminding himself of man's place in the cosmos’
    • ‘She had expected them to eat as if seeking to become one with each grain, to chew the universe and swallow the cosmos.’
    • ‘Is ‘nature’ the cosmos rendered in anthropomorphic terms?’
    • ‘We respond to the luminous revelations of small transcendences rather than the ungraspable miracles of the universe or the cosmos.’
    • ‘Their results suggest that the reionization of the cosmos occurred when the universe was 6-7 percent of its current age.’
    • ‘Those are parts of the cosmos, but not the whole of the cosmos.’
    • ‘While it is important to note the mutuality of aid among the three estates, it is equally important to note that social ordering, like the ordering of the cosmos as a whole, was firmly hierarchical.’
    • ‘This is a unique look at the cosmos and the universe around us.’
    • ‘But even the cosmos as a whole is not seen as the spiritually empty universe of astrophysicists and evolutionists, but the universe understood liturgically and reciprocally as a Cosmic Man.’
    • ‘The Goya concept is inspired by the idea of the cosmos, blending totality with the unspecific.’
    • ‘Mathematical laws drive not only the microworld of atoms - and the forces linking them together - but the whole fabric of the cosmos.’
    • ‘It operates within the larger context of the local community and the rhythms and relationship of nature and the cosmos.’
    • ‘Outer space, the cosmos, is a central element of what is regarded as psychedelic music.’
    • ‘But then on the other hand, the whole cosmos or universe is based on this love or compassion.’
    • ‘For a pagan Platonist its particularity seemed scandalously incompatible with divine immutability and with a universal operation of providence in the cosmos as a whole.’
    • ‘In this time there arose a widespread belief in the Heat Death of the Universe, the idea that the cosmos as a whole would eventually fizzle out just as a bouncing ball gradually dissipates its energy and comes to rest.’
    • ‘And this meant that the whole of the cosmos was seen to be informed by a kind of Logos - or divine reason - which was ordering its patterns.’
    • ‘Any concern about the human relationship to the planet Earth is a vastly different consideration from that of the human relationship to the cosmos as a whole.’
    • ‘Let us begin with the notion of the universe as cosmos.’
    • ‘If we could learn to see mind as an essential rather than accidental aspect of the universe, a whole new sense of the cosmos and of ourselves would follow.’
    • ‘In the space of seven years, the dark-energy revolution has rewritten textbook entries on how the universe operates and what will ultimately happen to the cosmos.’
    macrocosm, totality, whole world, creation, space, outer space, the heavens, the firmament
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    1. 1.1 A system of thought.
      ‘the new gender-free intellectual cosmos’
      • ‘Should we, then, see Julian simply as a holdover from the premodern sacred cosmos?’
      • ‘Hinduism is a subtle, complex, multi-dimensional spiritual cosmos.’
      • ‘Such a reading must highly qualify, if not disallow, any notion of a sacred cosmos.’
      • ‘FW, who bares her heart selectively, creates a uterine cosmos, exclusively.’
      • ‘There were materialists who wholly denied the existence of that unseen spiritual cosmos of transmigration.’

Origin

Middle English: from Greek kosmos ‘order or world’.

Pronunciation

cosmos

/ˈkɒzmɒs/

Main definitions of cosmos in English

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cosmos2

noun

  • An ornamental plant of the daisy family, which bears single dahlia-like flowers and is native to Mexico and warm regions of America.

    • ‘To carry the container plantings through the last remaining warm days, replant them with late-summer annuals such as cosmos, marigolds, salvias, or zinnias.’
    • ‘A black and green garden collection of 96 plants costs £120 and includes dark dahlias, cosmos, perilla and scabiosa and green euphorbias, gladiolus and zinnia.’
    • ‘The blue shades of balloon flowers are striking when planted in combination with gold or deep orange cosmos or yarrows.’
    • ‘When the weather warms up, sow seeds of cosmos, marigold, morning glory, portulaca, nasturtium, sunflower, and zinnia for splashes of color.’
    • ‘Love-in-a mist, four-o'clock, cosmos, nasturtium, globe amaranth, balsam, and larkspur are a few I remember from childhood.’
    • ‘A pink-flowered cosmos planted during the summer is at its best at the moment after spending the past few months developing bushy foliage with disappointingly few flowers.’
    • ‘Reserve some space for colorful annuals like zinnia, marigold, calendula, alyssum, and cosmos.’
    • ‘Very fancy fences can be created from tall flowering annuals such as cleome, cosmos, dahlias, sweet peas and sunflowers for a display of spring, summer and autumn colour.’
    • ‘Plant members of the daisy family, cosmos and yarrow to encourage beneficials.’
    • ‘Sow annual flowers such as asters, cosmos, zinnias and marigolds as soon as the frost has passed and the air begins to warm up.’
    • ‘If you are tempted to plant annual flower seedlings, consider the most heat-tolerant ones such as petunias, calendulas, cosmos & African marigolds.’
    • ‘Or plant chocolate cosmos and chocolate daisies near a garden bench where you'd like visitors to stop and sit.’
    • ‘Many of these flowers - especially the cosmos - attract butterflies and hummingbirds.’
    • ‘Later in the season there are many others such as coneflowers, cosmos, goldenrods, or lavender that they will enjoy.’
    • ‘Echo the fullness of the fruit in arrangements with berries and blooms, such as pale green nicotiana, chocolate cosmos, Oriental poppies, and viburnum.’
    • ‘The cosmos and impatiens I planted this June may outlast me.’
    • ‘Goldfinches also feed on the seed of goldenrod, coreopsis, cosmos, zinnias, dandelions and other weedy plants.’
    • ‘Geraniums, dianthus, cosmos, sweet peas and even fuchsias are also popular.’
    • ‘Annuals such as snapdragons, cosmos, zinnias, etc., are also planted in early spring after the last frost.’
    • ‘Chamomile and cosmos are two other composites you might consider when planning your garden for the sake of beneficial insects.’

Origin

From Greek kosmos in the sense ‘ornament’.

Pronunciation

cosmos

/ˈkɒzmɒs/