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adjective Astronomy.
  1. measured or considered as being seen from the center of the sun.
  2. having or representing the sun as a center: the heliocentric concept of the universe.
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Origin of heliocentric

First recorded in 1660–70; helio- + -centric
Related formshe·li·o·cen·tri·cal·ly, adverbhe·li·o·cen·tric·i·ty [hee-lee-oh-sen-tris-i-tee] /ˌhi li oʊ sɛnˈtrɪs ɪ ti/, he·li·o·cen·tri·cism [hee-lee-oh-sen-truh-siz-uh m] /ˌhi li oʊˈsɛn trəˌsɪz əm/, noun
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Historical Examples of heliocentric

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

    Expositions of Holy Scripture

    Alexander Maclaren

  • First, then, it came in the form of the heliocentric theory of the planetary system.


    Joseph Le Conte

  • Then they were observed not as the experiences of individuals but as instances of planetary order in a heliocentric system.

    Creative Intelligence

    John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen

  • Why then was the heliocentric theory not definitely accepted?

  • The heliocentric theory, at this stage, was presenting physical evidence of its truth.

British Dictionary definitions for heliocentric


  1. having the sun at its centre
  2. measured from or in relation to the centre of the sun
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Derived Formsheliocentrically, adverbheliocentricity or heliocentricism, noun
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Word Origin and History for heliocentric


1680s, from helio- + -centric.

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heliocentric in Science


  1. Relating to or measured from the center of the Sun.
  2. Relating to a model of the solar system or universe having the Sun as the center. Compare geocentric. See Note at Copernicus.
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