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  1. having or representing the earth as a center: a geocentric theory of the universe.
  2. using the earth or earthly life as the only basis of evaluation.
  3. viewed or measured as from the center of the earth: the geocentric position of the moon.
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Origin of geocentric

First recorded in 1680–90; geo- + -centric
Related formsge·o·cen·tri·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for geocentric

Historical Examples

  • There are two centres, heliocentric and geocentric as the scientists say.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture

    Alexander Maclaren

  • All was subservient to man; naturally all was geocentric, or earth-centered.


    David Todd

  • This point being gained, he is inside the geocentric circle.

  • At this point the geocentric doctrine is being abandoned and the heliocentric takes its place.

  • The Ptolemaic system is, therefore, essentially a geocentric system.

British Dictionary definitions for geocentric


  1. having the earth at its centrethe Ptolemaic system postulated a geocentric universe
  2. measured from or relating to the centre of the earth
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Derived Formsgeocentrically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for geocentric


1680s, from geo- + -centric. Related: Geocentrism (1882).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

geocentric in Science


  1. Relating to or measured from the Earth's center.
  2. Relating to a model of the solar system or universe having the Earth as the center. Compare heliocentric.
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