Philae

[fahy-lee]
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noun

an island in the Nile, in Upper Egypt: the site of ancient temples; now submerged by the waters of Lake Nasser.

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Examples from the Web for philae

Contemporary Examples of philae

  • The basic approach went as planned: after separating from the Rosetta orbiter, Philae coasted slowly to the comet surface.

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    Earthlings, We Landed on a Comet

    Matthew R. Francis

    November 12, 2014

  • UPDATE: Since publication yesterday, the Philae team learned that the probe bounced two times and apparently landed on its side.

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    Earthlings, We Landed on a Comet

    Matthew R. Francis

    November 12, 2014

  • In that mission, Philae follows the Deep Impact probe, which did not include a lander.

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    Earthlings, We Landed on a Comet

    Matthew R. Francis

    November 12, 2014

  • For that reason, Rosetta and Philae might help us understand the chemical origins of life on Earth.

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    Comet Surfing on a Rocket

    Matthew R. Francis

    August 10, 2014

Historical Examples of philae

  • Four of us, marooned at Philae, not knowing it, and night coming on.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • During our stay at Philae she found a troglodyte who was induced to teach her his language.

  • In Philae one is wrapped in a radiance of color and one can only dream.

    The Spell of Egypt

    Robert Hichens

  • The ancient Egyptians swore solemnly "By him who sleeps in Philae."

    The Spell of Egypt

    Robert Hichens

  • There are moments, indeed, when I identify Egypt with Philae.

    The Spell of Egypt

    Robert Hichens



British Dictionary definitions for philae

Philae

noun

an island in Upper Egypt, in the Nile north of the Aswan Dam: of religious importance in ancient times; almost submerged since the raising of the level of the dam
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