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Kepler

[kep-ler] /ˈkɛp lər/
noun
1.
Johann
[yoh-hahn] /ˈyoʊ hɑn/ (Show IPA),
1571–1630, German astronomer.
2.
a crater in the second quadrant of the face of the moon having an extensive ray system: about 22 miles (35 km) in diameter.
Related forms
Keplerian
[kep-leer-ee-uh n] /kɛpˈlɪər i ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples from the Web for Kepler
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  • But his efforts were unavailing; Kepler would not leave his own country.

    Great Astronomers R. S. Ball
  • Kepler, however, had the advantage of belonging to the new school.

    Great Astronomers R. S. Ball
  • Kepler, it must be always remembered, was not an astronomical observer.

    Great Astronomers R. S. Ball
  • Let it be remembered that it was Kepler who first imparted the proper impulse in this direction.

    Great Astronomers R. S. Ball
  • I stood on the high coast of Kepler Land where it trends southward.

    The Blindman's World Edward Bellamy
  • Kepler said it did not matter whether his contemporaries read his books or not.

    How to Succeed Orison Swett Marden
  • As discovered by Kepler, the Third Law was simply the result of observation.

    Aether and Gravitation

    William George Hooper
  • The earth fulfils all Kepler's laws, and this is also true of all the others.

    Aether and Gravitation

    William George Hooper
  • The whole of his deductions, moreover, rested upon the inductions of Kepler.

  • We know that the laws of Kepler are a consequence of the laws of gravitation.

    The Story of the Heavens Robert Stawell Ball
British Dictionary definitions for Kepler

Kepler1

/ˈkɛplə/
noun
1.
Johannes (joˈhanəs). 1571–1630, German astronomer. As discoverer of Kepler's laws of planetary motion he is regarded as one of the founders of modern astronomy

Kepler2

/ˈkɛplə/
noun
1.
a small crater in the NW quadrant of the moon, centre of a large bright ray system
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Kepler in Science
Kepler
  (kěp'lər)   
German astronomer and mathematician who is considered the founder of celestial mechanics. He was first to accurately describe the elliptical orbits of Earth and the planets around the Sun and demonstrated that planets move fastest when they are closest to the Sun. He also established that a planet's distance from the Sun can be calculated if its period of revolution is known.
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