- a large system of stars held together by mutual gravitation and isolated from similar systems by vast regions of space.
- (usually initial capital letter)Milky Way.
- any large and brilliant or impressive assemblage of persons or things: a galaxy of opera stars.
Origin of galaxy
Examples from the Web for galaxy
Compare that to Guardians of the Galaxy which opened in Korea on July 31.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea
December 30, 2014
Pratt, of course, just exploded with Guardians of the Galaxy and the upcoming lead in Jurassic World.Exclusive: Sony Emails Reveal Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt’s Plans For ‘Ghostbusters’ Film
December 15, 2014
He says he has yet to experience any negative feedback from the galaxy of Whovians.Doctor Who: It’s Time For a Black, Asian, or Woman Doctor
December 11, 2014
These black holes are a type known as quasars: extremely massive objects that emit more light than the rest of the galaxy.The Black Hole Tango
Matthew R. Francis
November 24, 2014
Xiaomi smartphones and Samsung Galaxy tablets captured photos of the warplanes in action before the shots were uploaded to Weibo.Beijing's New Stealth Jet: Made in China
November 16, 2014
That the four best scientists in the Galaxy are working toward the solution.Competition
It was with the April number that he concluded his relations with the Galaxy.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
What European parliament could glow with such a galaxy of intellect?Dreamers of the Ghetto
In other words, instant travel across the length and breadth of the galaxy!
Garr Symm, absolute dictator of the galaxy, if he played his hand right.
- any of a vast number of star systems held together by gravitational attraction in an asymmetric shape (an irregular galaxy) or, more usually, in a symmetrical shape (a regular galaxy), which is either a spiral or an ellipseFormer names: island universe, extragalactic nebula Related adjective: galactic
- a splendid gathering, esp one of famous or distinguished people
- the Galaxy the spiral galaxy, approximately 100 000 light years in diameter, that contains the solar system about three fifths of the distance from its centreAlso known as: the Milky Way System See also Magellanic Cloud
Word Origin and History for galaxy
late 14c., from Old French galaxie, from Late Latin galaxias "Milky Way," from Greek galaxias (adj.), in galaxias kyklos, literally "milky circle," from gala (genitive galaktos) "milk" (see lactation). The technical astronomical sense emerged 1848. Figurative sense of "brilliant assembly of persons" is from 1580s. Milky Way is a translation of Latin via lactea.
See yonder, lo, the Galaxyë Which men clepeth the Milky Wey, For hit is whyt. [Chaucer, "House of Fame"]
Astronomers began to speculate by mid-19c. that some of the spiral nebulae they could see in telescopes were actually immense and immensely distant structures the size and shape of the Milky Way. But the matter was not settled until the 1920s.
- Any of numerous large-scale collections of stars, gas, and dust that make up the visible universe. Galaxies are held together by the gravitational attraction of the material contained within them, and most are organized around a galactic nucleus into elliptical or spiral shapes, with a small percentage of galaxies classed as irregular in shape. A galaxy may range in diameter from some hundreds of light-years for the smallest dwarfs to hundreds of thousands of light-years for the largest ellipticals, and may contain from a few million to several trillion stars. Many galaxies are grouped into clusters, with the clusters themselves often grouped into larger superclusters. See more at active galaxy. See also elliptical galaxy irregular galaxy lenticular galaxy spiral galaxy.
- the Galaxy. The Milky Way.
A large, self-contained mass of stars.