Definition for messier (2 of 2)
adjective, mess·i·er, mess·i·est.
Examples from the Web for messier
Recognizing that Messier was simply a corporate charlatan, Bronfman stepped up and led the charge to remove the megalomaniac.
Messier is currently on trial in Paris on charges of misleading investors.
In recent days, we have seen the future of diplomatic machinations with Iran, and it is messier and more alarming than before.
He put the instrument down and zeroed it on Messier 44, the Beehive star cluster in the constellation Cancer.Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet|Harold Leland Goodwin
Six days after sunrise the craters are again nearly of the same size, owing to the diminution of Messier.Are the Planets Inhabited?|E. Walter Maunder
Number 22 rue Messier was a wretched one-storeyed house that belonged to a country vine-dresser who seldom came to Paris.Fantmas|Pierre Souvestre
This was the first nebula discovered by Messier, and its discovery led to the formation of his catalogue of 103 nebulæ.Half-hours with the Telescope|Richard A. Proctor
The northern entrance to Messier Channel is through this gulf.
British Dictionary definitions for messier
adjective messier or messiest
Word Origin and History for messier (1 of 2)
in reference to a catalogue of about 100 nebulae, star clusters and galaxies begun in 1758 by French astronomer and comet-hunter Charles Messier (1730-1817), who at the time was looking for an expected return of Halley's comet and deceived by fuzzy objects that looked like distant comets in his telescope but turned out to not be.
What caused me to undertake the catalog was the nebula I discovered above the southern horn of Taurus on September 12, 1758, whilst observing the comet of that year. This nebula had such a resemblance to a comet in its form and brightness that I endeavored to find others, so that astronomers would no more confuse these same nebulae with comets just beginning to appear. [Messier, 1800]
The first version of the catalogue was published 1771, and the fuller version in 1781.