- the world or universe regarded as an orderly, harmonious system.
- a complete, orderly, harmonious system.
- order; harmony.
- any composite plant of the genus Cosmos, of tropical America, some species of which, as C. bipannatus and C. sulphureus, are cultivated for their showy ray flowers.
- Also Kosmos. (initial capital letter) Aerospace. one of a long series of Soviet satellites that have been launched into orbit around the earth.
Origin of cosmos
Related Wordsgalaxy, world, creation, macrocosm, nature, organization, scheme, order, structure, harmony
Examples from the Web for cosmos
This was in 1964, and Hawking is now 72, and still rattling the cosmos.Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?
December 14, 2014
That was the most interesting part of Cosmos, unfortunately.‘Asteroids’ & The Dawn of the Gamer Age
November 29, 2014
It serves as the heart of the collective works, as an interface between the cosmos and humanity.
The sounds she performs from the violins on canvas replicate her idea of sounds found in the cosmos.
Everywhere we look in the cosmos, we see galaxies, forming a thick network that almost looks like cells in the human brain.Laniakea: The Milky Way’s Place in the Heavens
Matthew R. Francis
September 7, 2014
And where once burned the eye of the Cosmos will be naught but a hideous emptiness.
It is the skeleton, the structure of life, love, the cosmos.
For a list of historic "dark days," see Humboldt, Cosmos, 1-120.The Book of the Damned
It was a ghostly reddish thing which filled half the cosmos.Sand Doom
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The cosmos is about the smallest hole that a man can hide his head in.Personality in Literature
Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
- the world or universe considered as an ordered system
- any ordered system
- harmony; order
- plural -mos or -moses any tropical American plant of the genus Cosmos, cultivated as garden plants for their brightly coloured flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)
- astronautics any of various types of Soviet satellite, including Cosmos 1 (launched 1962) and nearly 2000 subsequent satellites
Word Origin and History for cosmos
c.1200 (but not popular until 1848, as a translation of Humboldt's Kosmos), from Latinized form of Greek kosmos "order, good order, orderly arrangement," a word with several main senses rooted in those notions: The verb kosmein meant generally "to dispose, prepare," but especially "to order and arrange (troops for battle), to set (an army) in array;" also "to establish (a government or regime);" "to deck, adorn, equip, dress" (especially of women). Thus kosmos had an important secondary sense of "ornaments of a woman's dress, decoration" (cf. kosmokomes "dressing the hair") as well as "the universe, the world."
Pythagoras is said to have been the first to apply this word to "the universe," perhaps originally meaning "the starry firmament," but later it was extended to the whole physical world, including the earth. For specific reference to "the world of people," the classical phrase was he oikoumene (ge) "the inhabited (earth)." Septuagint uses both kosmos and oikoumene. Kosmos also was used in Christian religious writing with a sense of "worldly life, this world (as opposed to the afterlife)," but the more frequent word for this was aion, literally "lifetime, age."
- The universe, especially when considered as an orderly and harmonious whole.