Definition of galaxy in English:

galaxy

Pronunciation /ˈɡaləksē/ /ˈɡæləksi/

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  • 1A system of millions or billions of stars, together with gas and dust, held together by gravitational attraction.

    The Galaxy in which the earth is located is a disk-shaped spiral galaxy with approximately 100,000 million stars. The sun is located about two thirds of the way out from the center

    ‘There are reckoned to be about 400 billion stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way.’
    • ‘New planetary star systems and galaxies are being discovered almost daily.’
    • ‘Or it may expand so fast that gravity could never pull galaxies together again.’
    • ‘Some massive clusters of galaxies are similarly held together against the cosmic flow.’
    • ‘Supermassive black holes are found in the centers of galaxies that contain billions of stars.’
    • ‘Section IV takes us off the land and into comets, galaxies and constellations of stars.’
    • ‘Near the geographic center of the galaxy was a binary star system called Theralia.’
    • ‘The clusters smashed together thousands of galaxies and trillions of stars.’
    • ‘He was thinking only of the chance of individual stars within our own galaxy, the Milky Way, acting this way.’
    • ‘The rishis tell us of the galactic center of the universe, which feeds energy to all the galaxies and solar systems of the universe.’
    • ‘Stars and planets, galaxies and nebulas unveil themselves close to the eyes of the visitors.’
    • ‘Just as stars are the building blocks of galaxies, galaxies are the building blocks of the universe.’
    • ‘This clumping in turn produced the galaxies and clusters of galaxies we see today.’
    • ‘With even greater, if not absolute certainty, we know that man can never be in a position to detect life in other solar systems of galaxies.’
    • ‘Eventually, these protogalactic fragments merged and galaxies and quasars formed.’
    • ‘That is, we can discover things about the stars and galaxies involved from the way in which the Moon cuts off their light.’
    • ‘There are a hundred billion stars in our galaxy alone and there are billions of other galaxies.’
    • ‘There really is a big mountain out there on some planet in some solar system in some galaxy.’
    • ‘In the Nature we observe, the Universe is filled with dust and gas in addition to stars, planets and galaxies.’
    • ‘But of course it has structures in it, stars and galaxies and clusters of galaxies.’
    star system, solar system, constellation, cluster, nebula
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    1. 1.1the GalaxyThe galaxy of which the solar system is a part; the Milky Way.
      ‘And he needs to be president of the Galaxy to do it.’
      • ‘We realized that our Galaxy was just one of many billions of galaxies in the universe.’
      • ‘On another note, this story takes place now, just in a different part of the galaxy.’
      • ‘Conquering the galaxy involves dealing with a couple hundred billion stars at least.’
      • ‘You can conquer the galaxy with your best friends in a single evening.’
    2. 1.2A large group of impressive people or things.
      ‘the four musicians have played with a galaxy of stars’
      • ‘To create his galaxy of impressions, Baxter watched television avidly, even backstage between stage shows.’
      • ‘The official website is now a positive galaxy of useful stuff.’
      • ‘RSS-fortified radio on mobile phones opens a whole galaxy of possibilities.’
      • ‘Wales were savaged by the absence of a galaxy of their players.’
      • ‘Archeologists unearthed a galaxy of merry swastikas when they excavated Troy.’
      • ‘Kalpana Chawla, her name now enshrined in the galaxy of super achievers, was a rare bird indeed.’
      • ‘Greetings from a convention of those who admire the galaxy of nameless icons!’
      • ‘There were other great athletes in those days as well, in fact a galaxy of them.’
      • ‘We don't have the galaxy of players we had when we had Woosnam and Lyle, Faldo and Ballesteros.’
      • ‘Auden was the next writer to sign on, bringing in his wake a galaxy of homeless talents.’
      • ‘I would like to say that he was an emperor amongst the present galaxy of saints.’
      • ‘In the galaxy of first-class hams, this one most definitely deserves its spot.’
      • ‘Major cash problems for Australian clubs means a galaxy of internationals will want to play in Britain next season.’
      • ‘Music fans flocked to hear a galaxy of international stars at a festival of global music and dance.’
      • ‘A whole galaxy of cool, disco artists are banding together for a fun show to remember.’
      brilliant gathering, dazzling assemblage, illustrious group
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Origin

Late Middle English (originally referring to the Milky Way): via Old French from medieval Latin galaxia, from Greek galaxias (kuklos) ‘milky (vault)’, from gala, galakt- ‘milk’.