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noun Astronomy.

a unit of length, equal to the mean distance of the earth from the sun: approximately 93 million miles (150 million km). Abbreviation: AU

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Origin of astronomical unit

First recorded in 1900–05
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British Dictionary definitions for astronomical unit

astronomical unit

noun

a unit of distance used in astronomy equal to the mean distance between the earth and the sun. 1 astronomical unit is equivalent to 1.495 × 10 11 metres or about 9.3 × 10 7 miles
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Scientific definitions for astronomical unit

astronomical unit
[ ăs′trə-nŏmĭ-kəl ]

A unit of length equal to the average distance from Earth to the Sun, approximately 149.6 million km (92.8 million mi). It is used especially to measure distances within the solar system. Compare light-year parsec.
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Cultural definitions for astronomical unit

astronomical unit

The mean distance between the Earth and the sun, about 93 million miles or 150 million kilometers. It is often abbreviated as AU.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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