plage

[ plahzh ]
/ plɑʒ /
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noun

a sandy bathing beach at a seashore resort.
Astronomy. a luminous area in the sun's chromosphere that appears in the vicinity of a sunspot.

Origin of plage

1885–90; < French < Italian piaggia < Late Latin plagia shore, noun use of feminine of plagius horizontal < Greek plágios slanting, sideways; see plagio-
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British Dictionary definitions for plage

plage

/ (plɑːʒ) /

noun

astronomy a bright patch in the sun's chromosphere

Word Origin for plage

French, literally: beach, strand
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Word Origin and History for plage

plage


n.

"a region," late 14c., from Old French plage (13c.), from Late Latin plagia "a plain, shore," noun use of adjective (plagia regio), from plaga "a region, stretch of country" (see pelagic). Astronomical sense is from 1949.

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Science definitions for plage

plage

[ pläzh ]

A bright and intensely hot area in the Sun's chromosphere, usually associated with a sunspot. It is typically brighter than its surroundings but may be indistinguishable due to lack of contrast. Plages are sources of strong ultraviolet radiation.
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