- Also called major planet. any of the eight large heavenly bodies revolving about the sun and shining by reflected light: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, or Neptune, in the order of their proximity to the sun. Until 2006, Pluto was classified as a planet ninth in order from the sun; it has been reclassified as a dwarf planet.
- a similar body revolving about a star other than the sun.
- (formerly) a celestial body moving in the sky, as distinguished from a fixed star, applied also to the sun and moon.
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Examples from the Web for planet
Andy Serkis, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Do you want to be on the wrong side of history, Academy?Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’|Marlow Stern|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In fact, Mexico buys and sells more US goods than any other country on the planet except for Canada.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Good for her—but what a shameful indictment of Planet Fashion.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem|Danielle Belton|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
With Batman and Planet of the Apes, you seem to be operating around 15 years ahead of the culture.Tim Burton Talks ‘Big Eyes,’ His Taste For the Macabre, and the ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel|Marlow Stern|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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He dreamed of these things which his planet Mars had not known for millions of years.I Like Martian Music|Charles E. Fritch
In it we see what our own planet must have been in its primordial epoch, in the pristine times of terrestrial genesis.Astronomy for Amateurs|Camille Flammarion
The planet is found to have changed its place very considerably with regard to the stars.The Story of the Heavens|Robert Stawell Ball
But we saw you tagging after us when we were over the planet and it was too late to do anything about it.Before Egypt|E. K. Jarvis
The discoverer of a planet has a right to name it, so Herschel called it Georgium Sidus, after the king.History of Astronomy|George Forbes
British Dictionary definitions for planet
Word Origin for planet
Word Origin and History for planet
late Old English planete, from Old French planete (Modern French planète), from Late Latin planeta, from Greek planetes, from (asteres) planetai "wandering (stars)," from planasthai "to wander," of unknown origin, possibly from PIE *pele- (2) "flat, to spread" on notion of "spread out." So called because they have apparent motion, unlike the "fixed" stars. Originally including also the moon and sun; modern scientific sense of "world that orbits a star" is from 1630s.
Science definitions for planet
Culture definitions for planet
An object in orbit around a star. A planet does not give off its own light; rather, it shines by reflecting sunlight. Planets close to the sun are rocky. Those farther out consist mostly of gases and liquids.