Main definitions of Uranian in US English:

: Uranian1Uranian2

Uranian1

adjective

  • Relating to the planet Uranus.

    ‘Uranian moons are traditionally given Shakespearean names’
    • ‘After Uranus was discovered in 1781, astronomers inferred the presence of another planet from the shape of the Uranian orbit.’
    • ‘Unlike other large Uranian moons, the surface of Umbriel has remained unchanged since the early times of the Solar System.’
    • ‘Today we're going to visualize the sky from the Uranian moon 1986U10, whose orbit lies between that of two other moons whose orbits are themselves less than 500 kilometers apart!’
    • ‘The typical Uranian type is primarily different.’
    • ‘The moons are orbiting even closer to the planet than the five major Uranian satellites, which are several hundred miles wide.’
    • ‘Several of the Uranian moons can be seen, along with bright areas on the cloud-canopied planet itself.’
    • ‘Fortunately, there is one area of Uranian science - the rings - for which the new Keck observations have been able to test existing theories, and collapse them to one successful explanation for ring behavior.’
    • ‘It was more than sixty years before the next two Uranian moons, Ariel and Umbriel, were discovered.’

noun

  • (in science fiction) an imagined inhabitant of Uranus.

Pronunciation

Uranian

/yo͝oˈrānēən/

Main definitions of Uranian in US English:

: Uranian1Uranian2

Uranian2

adjective

  • 1Relating to heaven; celestial.

  • 2Homosexual.

noun

  • A homosexual.

    gay, lesbian, gay person, lesbigay
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Origin

Early 17th century: from Urania + -an.

Pronunciation

Uranian

/yo͝oˈrānēən/