universe

universe
I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Totality of existing things
Nouns
1. universe, cosmos, celestial sphere, macrocosm; infinity, span, [all] creation, earth and heaven, [all the] world, ether; ecosphere; catastrophism, catastrophe theory, big bang theory. See space.
2. heaven, the heavens, sky, empyrean, firmament, vault, roof, or canopy of heaven, celestial spaces, outer space, ceiling.
3. heavenly bodies, celestial body or object, luminaries, starry host, fires of heaven; nebula, galaxy, Milky Way; constellation, zodiac (Aries, Aquarius, Cancer, Capricorn, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Pisces, Sagittarius, Scorpius, Taurus, Virgo); Great or Little Bear, Ursa Major or Minor, Big or Little Dipper; Andromeda, Auriga, Boîtes, Canis Major or Minor, Cassiopeia, Centaurus, Cepheus, Cygnus, Draco, Hercules, Lyra, Orion, Perseus, Pleiades; star, Achenar, Alpha Centauri, Arcturus, Aldebaran, Altair, Antares, Betelgeuse, Canopus, Capella, Centauri, Pollux, Procyon, Rigel, Sirius, dog star, Vega, Polaris, polestar; falling star, neutron star, red giant or dwarf, pulsar, nova, binary or double star, visual binary, brown, white or black dwarf, cluster, black hole; metagalaxy, Milky Way, Andromeda galaxy, Magellanic Clouds, irregular, lenticular, starburst, elliptical or spiral galaxy, barred spiral, Great Wall; supernova; death star, nemesis; meteor, shooting star, fireball; comet, Halley's comet; planetoid, asteroid, asteroid belt; protoplanet, protostar.
4. solar system, sun, orb, eye of the day; planet, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, gas giant, Vesta; Galilean satellite: Callisto, Europa, Ganymede, Io; Jovian satellites; Ariel, Ceres, Charon, Deimos, Miranda, Nereid, Oberon, Phobos, Titan, Titania, Triton, Umbriel; planetoid, asteroid, satellite; moon, Luna, man in the moon, new moon, half moon, crescent, first, etc., quarter, change of the moon, man in the moon, mother of the months, queen of tides; comet, meteor[ite]; Earth, Terra, [terrestrial] globe, sphere, oblate, spheroid, world, Spaceship Earth, this earthly round; cosmic rays, sunspots, aurora borealis or australis, northern or southern lights; artificial satellite, bird, space station.
5. astronomy, astrometry, astrophysics, astrochemistry, spectroscopy, cosmography, cosmogony, cosmology, geography, geodesy, geology, geognosy, geophysics; almagest, ephemeris, star atlas or map, nautical almanac; observatory, planetarium.
Adjectives
1. universal, cosmic, empyrean, ethereal, celestial, heavenly; stellar, substellar, astral, sidereal, starry; solar, lunar, planetary, nebular; earthly, terrestrial, mundane.
2. astronomical, astrometrical, astrophysical, spectroscopic, etc.; geocentric, heliocentric, Copernican, Ptolemaic; 1st, 2nd, etc. magnitude.
Adverbs — under the sun.
Quotations — There is one outstandingly important fact regarding Spaceship Earth, and that is that no instruction book came with it (Buckminster Fuller), The moon's an errant thief, and her pale fire she snatches from the sun (Shakespeare), The evening star, Love's harbinger (John Milton), The heaventree of stars hung with humid nightblue fruit (James Joyce), There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy (Shakespeare), The eternal silence of these infinite spaces terrifies me (Pascal), The world is disgracefully managed, one hardly knows to whom to complain (Ronald Firbank), Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive straight up if your car could go upwards (Fred Hoyle).
II
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. cosmos, creation, God's handiwork, world, the visible world, astral system, universal frame, all created things, everything, nature, the natural world.
See Synonym Study at earth .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
cosmos, space, outer space, *cooling fires of creation, creation, macrocosm, infinity. ''One of God's thoughts.''—Fried-rich Schiller. ''One vast symbol of God.''— Thomas Carlyle. see space
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. The totality of all existing things: cosmos, creation, macrocosm, nature, world. See MATTER, PART. 2. The human race: earth, flesh, Homo sapiens, humanity, humankind, man, mankind, world. See CULTURE.

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