- Charles [sharl] /ʃarl/, 1730–1817, French astronomer.
- characterized by a dirty, untidy, or disordered condition: a messy room.
- causing a mess: a messy recipe; messy work.
- embarrassing, difficult, or unpleasant: a messy political situation.
- characterized by moral or psychological confusion.
Origin of messy
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.Why Our Nuke Policy Doesn't Work
Leslie H. Gelb
May 20, 2010
Come to-night, at two o'clock, in your costume, to 22 rue Messier.Fantmas
The northern entrance to Messier Channel is through this gulf.
It was discovered by Messier on the 8th of August, and continued to be observed till the 1st of December.Comets and Meteors
In the northern hemisphere one of the finest is that in the constellation Hercules, known as 13 Messier.Man's Place in the Universe
Alfred R. Wallace
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
- dirty, confused, or untidy
Word Origin and History for messier
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.