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1In Jeremy Bentham's terminology: relating to the observation of celestial objects.
2Of the eyes, a person's gaze, etc.: directed upwards or towards the sky.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832), philosopher, jurist, and reformer. From urano- + -scopic, probably after either post-classical Latin uranoscopus observing the heavens, post-classical Latin uranoscopicus, or uranoscopy.
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