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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: universum, from universus 'whole', from uni- + versus 'turned toward'

universe

noun
     
u‧ni‧verse W3
1

the universe

HA all space, including all the stars and planets
in the universe
everything in the universe
2 [countable] a world or an area of space that is different from the one we are in
3

be the centre of somebody's universe

to be the most important person or thing to someone
4

somebody's universe

a person's life, including all of the people, places, and ideas which affect them
WORD FOCUS: space WORD FOCUS: space
vehicles used in space: spaceship, spacecraft, rocket, (space) shuttle, probe, satellite, space station

someone who travels in space: astronaut, cosmonaut Russian

parts of a rocket's journey: countdown, launch, blast-off/take-off/lift-off, leaving the earth's atmosphere, going into orbit, re-entering the earth's atmosphere, splashdown/touchdown

places and things in space: planet, moon, star, sun, satellite, solar system, constellation, galaxy, universe, the cosmos, black hole, quasar, comet, meteor, asteroid

the study of space: astronomy
space

See also
space

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