Definition of galaxy in English:

galaxy

noun

  • 1A system of millions or billions of stars, together with gas and dust, held together by gravitational attraction.

    • ‘That is, we can discover things about the stars and galaxies involved from the way in which the Moon cuts off their light.’
    • ‘The rishis tell us of the galactic center of the universe, which feeds energy to all the galaxies and solar systems of the universe.’
    • ‘Supermassive black holes are found in the centers of galaxies that contain billions of stars.’
    • ‘This clumping in turn produced the galaxies and clusters of galaxies we see today.’
    • ‘Section IV takes us off the land and into comets, galaxies and constellations of stars.’
    • ‘There really is a big mountain out there on some planet in some solar system in some galaxy.’
    • ‘Just as stars are the building blocks of galaxies, galaxies are the building blocks of the universe.’
    • ‘There are reckoned to be about 400 billion stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way.’
    • ‘With even greater, if not absolute certainty, we know that man can never be in a position to detect life in other solar systems of galaxies.’
    • ‘In the Nature we observe, the Universe is filled with dust and gas in addition to stars, planets and galaxies.’
    • ‘Stars and planets, galaxies and nebulas unveil themselves close to the eyes of the visitors.’
    • ‘Some massive clusters of galaxies are similarly held together against the cosmic flow.’
    • ‘Eventually, these protogalactic fragments merged and galaxies and quasars formed.’
    • ‘The clusters smashed together thousands of galaxies and trillions of stars.’
    • ‘New planetary star systems and galaxies are being discovered almost daily.’
    • ‘Near the geographic center of the galaxy was a binary star system called Theralia.’
    • ‘But of course it has structures in it, stars and galaxies and clusters of galaxies.’
    • ‘There are a hundred billion stars in our galaxy alone and there are billions of other galaxies.’
    • ‘He was thinking only of the chance of individual stars within our own galaxy, the Milky Way, acting this way.’
    • ‘Or it may expand so fast that gravity could never pull galaxies together again.’
    star system, solar system, constellation, cluster, nebula
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    1. 1.1 The galaxy of which the solar system is a part; the Milky Way.
      • ‘Conquering the galaxy involves dealing with a couple hundred billion stars at least.’
      • ‘You can conquer the galaxy with your best friends in a single evening.’
      • ‘On another note, this story takes place now, just in a different part of the galaxy.’
      • ‘We realized that our Galaxy was just one of many billions of galaxies in the universe.’
      • ‘And he needs to be president of the Galaxy to do it.’
    2. 1.2 A large group of impressive people or things.
      ‘the four musicians have played with a galaxy of stars’
      • ‘The official website is now a positive galaxy of useful stuff.’
      • ‘Auden was the next writer to sign on, bringing in his wake a galaxy of homeless talents.’
      • ‘A whole galaxy of cool, disco artists are banding together for a fun show to remember.’
      • ‘RSS-fortified radio on mobile phones opens a whole galaxy of possibilities.’
      • ‘Wales were savaged by the absence of a galaxy of their players.’
      • ‘We don't have the galaxy of players we had when we had Woosnam and Lyle, Faldo and Ballesteros.’
      • ‘Archeologists unearthed a galaxy of merry swastikas when they excavated Troy.’
      • ‘Kalpana Chawla, her name now enshrined in the galaxy of super achievers, was a rare bird indeed.’
      • ‘Major cash problems for Australian clubs means a galaxy of internationals will want to play in Britain next season.’
      • ‘Music fans flocked to hear a galaxy of international stars at a festival of global music and dance.’
      • ‘Greetings from a convention of those who admire the galaxy of nameless icons!’
      • ‘To create his galaxy of impressions, Baxter watched television avidly, even backstage between stage shows.’
      • ‘In the galaxy of first-class hams, this one most definitely deserves its spot.’
      • ‘I would like to say that he was an emperor amongst the present galaxy of saints.’
      • ‘There were other great athletes in those days as well, in fact a galaxy of them.’
      brilliant gathering, dazzling assemblage, illustrious group
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The Galaxy in which the earth is located is a disc-shaped spiral galaxy with approximately 100,000 million stars. The sun is located about two thirds of the way out from the centre

Origin

Late Middle English (originally referring to the Milky Way): via Old French from medieval Latin galaxia, from Greek galaxias (kuklos) ‘milky (vault)’, from gala, galakt- ‘milk’.

Pronunciation

galaxy

/ˈɡaləksi/