planetary

[ plan-i-ter-ee ]
/ ˈplæn ɪˌtɛr i /

adjective

of, relating to, or resembling a planet or the planets.
wandering; erratic.
terrestrial; global.
Machinery. noting or pertaining to an epicyclic gear train in which a sun gear is linked to one or more planet gears also engaging with an encircling ring gear.

noun

Machinery. a planetary gear train.

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Origin of planetary

From the Latin word planētārius, dating back to 1585–95. See planet, -ary

OTHER WORDS FROM planetary

non·plan·e·tar·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for planetary

planetary
/ (ˈplænɪtərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjective

noun plural -taries

a train of planetary gears
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