noun Astronomy.

the rising of the earth above the horizon of the moon or other celestial body, viewed from that body's surface or from a spacecraft orbiting it.

Nearby words

  1. earthnut,
  2. earthpea,
  3. earthperson,
  4. earthquake,
  5. earthquake engineer,
  6. earthshaker,
  7. earthshaking,
  8. earthshine,
  9. earthstar,
  10. earthward

Origin of earthrise

First recorded in 1965–70; earth + (sun)rise Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for earthrise

  • It had become almost a ritual with us these last few years, staying up night after night to watch the earthrise.

    The Statue|Mari Wolf

British Dictionary definitions for earthrise



the rising of the earth above the lunar horizon, as seen from a spacecraft emerging from the lunar farside
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