Definition of heliocentric in US English:



  • 1Having or representing the sun as the center, as in the accepted astronomical model of the solar system.

    Compare with geocentric
    • ‘One of his greatest achievements, mathematical proof of a heliocentric solar system, continues to be used today as a major argument against the validity of astrology.’
    • ‘Why did the heliocentric astronomical paradigm replace the geocentric one?’
    • ‘What Copernicus did, that no one had done previously, was work out the mathematical details of the heliocentric model, based on the astronomical data available at the time.’
    • ‘By his thirties Copernicus had developed a heliocentric theory of the solar system in a document of a few fruitful pages.’
    • ‘Apart from the above we must also take into account the noncircularity of the Earth's heliocentric orbit.’
    • ‘Just as the Western church refused at first to accept the heliocentric model of Copernicus, so modern astronomy so far chooses to dismiss this second discovery.’
    • ‘Scientific transactions between east and west also contributed to Copernicus' account of the heliocentric nature of the solar system.’
    • ‘He seems to have been an early believer of the heliocentric theory of the solar system.’
    • ‘Once upon a time, research into the idea of a heliocentric solar system was seen in the same light.’
    • ‘Shermer points out that Copernicus's heliocentric system was, for scientific and ideological reasons, slow to be accepted.’
    • ‘Kepler comes under great criticism by the geocentrists because of the great role that he played in the acceptance of the heliocentric model.’
    • ‘The model universally accepted was Kepler's heliocentric solar system with elliptical orbits.’
    • ‘Now Copernicus' heliocentric theory wasn't exactly new nor was it based on purely empirical observation.’
    • ‘Evolution is a fact: as much a fact as plate tectonics or the heliocentric solar system.’
    • ‘Because astronomers still disagree over the details of the heliocentric model, this material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.’
    • ‘In the heliocentric universe conceived by the sixteenth-century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, for example, planets orbited the Sun in perfect circles.’
    • ‘These and other observations were nails in the geocentric coffin, making Copernicus's heliocentric universe an increasingly persuasive concept.’
    • ‘One of the most important of these was the heliocentric theory Copernicus had proposed thirty years earlier.’
    • ‘His discovery that the Sun is located far from the center of our galaxy had an impact on human thought similar to the paradigm shift caused by Copernicus's change from a geocentric to a heliocentric model for the universe.’
    • ‘They have a traditional belief in a heliocentric system and in elliptical orbits of astronomical phenomena.’
    1. 1.1Astronomy Measured from or considered in relation to the center of the sun.
      ‘heliocentric distance’
      • ‘The varying relationship between geocentric and heliocentric longitudes makes it difficult to calculate the exact chance of such a thing happening in any chart, but it is certainly over 95%.’