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nebulosity

[neb-yuh-los-i-tee]
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noun, plural neb·u·los·i·ties.
  1. nebulous or nebular matter.
  2. a nebulous form, shape, or mass.
  3. the state or condition of being nebulous.
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Origin of nebulosity

From the Late Latin word nebulōsitās, dating back to 1755–65. See nebulose, -ity
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Examples from the Web for nebulosity

Historical Examples

  • The nebulosity of the ten-foot can be resolved into stars by the twenty-foot, and so on.

    Sir William Herschel: His Life and Works

    Edward Singleton Holden

  • Prof. Barnard adds that the nebulosity is easily visible in a 12-inch telescope.

  • Speculated concerning the Milky Way, the nebulosity of stars, the origin and growth of solar systems.

  • The convolutions of its spiral are filled with numerous starlike condensations, themselves engulfed in nebulosity.

    Astronomy

    David Todd

  • It is the nebulosity out of which the whole came and into which all is ultimately occluded.

    The Mystery of Space

    Robert T. Browne


British Dictionary definitions for nebulosity

nebulosity

noun plural -ties
  1. the state or quality of being nebulous
  2. astronomy a nebula
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Word Origin and History for nebulosity

n.

1738, from French nébulosité, from Late Latin nebulositatem (nominative nebulositas), from Latin nebulosus, from nebula (see nebula).

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