mean distance


noun Astronomy.

the arithmetic mean of the greatest and least distances of a planet from the sun, used in stating the size of an orbit; the semimajor axis.

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Origin of mean distance

First recorded in 1885–90

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British Dictionary definitions for mean distance

mean distance

noun

the average of the greatest and least distances of a celestial body from its primary
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