Definition of solar system in English:

solar system

noun

Astronomy
  • The collection of eight planets and their moons in orbit around the sun, together with smaller bodies in the form of asteroids, meteoroids, and comets.

    • ‘The next body to be discovered in the solar system was the minor planet Ceres, discovered in 1801.’
    • ‘There are vast numbers of comets in the solar system, more than there are asteroids, but most lie out of sight beyond Pluto.’
    • ‘In fact, Venus is thought to have more volcanoes than any other planet in the solar system.’
    • ‘It's shameful that I'm ignorant of the order of planets from the sun in our solar system.’
    • ‘Among the natural satellites that orbit the planets in the solar system, the moon is without doubt one of a kind.’
    • ‘Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system and is easily visible in the night sky.’
    • ‘Pluto is the farthest planet in the solar system; he is also the Greek god of the dead.’
    • ‘Eventually it may also be necessary for our species to move off of Earth and colonise the other planets in our solar system.’
    • ‘If we find life on a second planet in our solar system that would be amazing.’
    • ‘The moons of the outer planets in the solar system are also rich with various kinds of ices.’
    • ‘Astronomers discover three new planets in solar systems close to ours.’
    • ‘No planet beyond the solar system, known as exoplanets, has been seen by optical telescopes.’
    • ‘The discovery of a possible tenth planet in our solar system has excited scientists in Swindon.’
    • ‘Until just over 10 years ago, the nine planets of the solar system were the only ones known to man.’
    • ‘Astronomers have so far found more than 70 planets in solar systems other than our own.’
    • ‘The planets of the solar system are visible because of the sunlight that they reflect.’
    • ‘The great Isaac Newton had demonstrated that the earth was a planet moving in a solar system according to exact laws.’
    • ‘Mars is the only planet in our solar system that is potentially habitable.’
    • ‘Unique samples of moon rock and meteorites as old as the solar system landed on a Bickley girls' school.’
    • ‘It is the only planetary satellite in the whole solar system with a significant atmosphere.’
    star system, solar system, constellation, cluster, nebula
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Pronunciation:

solar system

/ˈsoʊlər ˌsɪstəm/