Definition of uranometry in US English:


(also ouranometry)


  • 1A work describing the heavens and especially the stars, giving their positions, magnitudes, etc. Compare uranoscopy. Now chiefly historical.

  • 2The measurement and recording of the distances and positions of celestial objects, especially the stars; the branch of astronomy concerned with this (now more often called astrometry).


Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Sadler (1615–1674), political theorist and reformer. From urano- + -metry, after post-classical Latin uranometria uranometria. Compare French uranométrie, German Uranometrie.