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Uranian

[yoo-rey-nee-uh n, -reyn-yuh n] /yʊˈreɪ ni ən, -ˈreɪn yən/
adjective
1.
pertaining to the planet Uranus.
2.
(of males) homosexual.
Origin of Uranian
1835-1845
1835-45; Uran(us) + -ian; def. 2 from Aphrodite Urania heavenly Aphrodite, inspiration for male homosexuality in Plato's Symposium
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Examples from the Web for Uranian
Historical Examples
  • Those cannot remain imprisoned on the Earth, and their destiny is to live the Uranian life.

    Urania Camille Flammarion
  • The Uranian couldn't stand radiation for any length of time.

    The Wealth of Echindul Noel Miller Loomis
  • There was an odd bass rambling which Grant recognized as the voice of a Uranian.

    The Wealth of Echindul Noel Miller Loomis
  • Is this the outcome of the woman in the Uranian temperament?

  • He doubted even that there was such irregularity in the Uranian orbit.

  • But there were a pair of Uranian galgaque—squat, gray, midget honeymooners—who smelled just as bad.

    The Telenizer Don Thompson
  • Uranian Aphrodite was distinguished from her Pandemic sister by chastened lust-repelling loveliness.

  • The Uranian soul, even during its terrestrial incarnations, lives in the world of the absolute and divine.

    Urania Camille Flammarion
  • In the Uranian system the widest interval between adjacent orbits is just within the orbit of the bright satellite, Titania.

    The Asteroids

    Daniel Kirkwood
  • Sir W. Herschel was more completely misled by the false Uranian satellites.

    Myths and Marvels of Astronomy Richard A. Proctor
British Dictionary definitions for Uranian

Uranian

/jʊˈreɪnɪən/
noun
1.
a hypothetical inhabitant of the planet Uranus
adjective
2.
of, occurring on, or relating to the planet Uranus
3.
of the heavens; celestial
4.
relating to astronomy; astronomical
5.
(as an epithet of Aphrodite) heavenly; spiritual
6.
of or relating to the Muse Urania
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