Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The galaxy containing the solar system, visible as a broad band of faint light in the night sky.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The Milky Way Galaxy, the galaxy in which Earth is located; extension of the night sky phenomenon.
  • proper n. A broad band of diffuse white light, visible in the night sky; our view of the dense portions of the Milky Way Galaxy from inside the galaxy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See Galaxy, 1.
  • n. See Galaxy, 1.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The Galaxy. See Galaxy, 1.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the galaxy containing the solar system; consists of millions of stars that can be seen as a diffuse band of light stretching across the night sky

Etymologies

Middle English, translation of Latin via lactea : via, way + lactea, feminine of lacteus, milky.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A calque of Latin Via Lactea. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Out near the edge of the Milky Way was a matriarchy bossed by blonde Amazons, and a world of self-styled wizards, and a Pentecostal planet, and a globe where semi-sentient vegetables cultivated themselves in obedience to human masters.

    Science Fiction Hall of Fame

  • About this star, or at all events in the centre of gravity common to all the globes of the Milky Way and supposed to be near Alcyone in the Pleiades, every one of these globes was declared to be revolving, our own performing the circuit in a period of 117,000,000 of years!

    Mellonta Tauta

  • Far, far beyond blazing suns, shining orbs and trembling systems, he rides the winged flame, treads their burning currents, buckles the systems to his belt, wreathes his brow with stars, and chains the sisters of the Milky Way to his feet, and bids them do his will.

    Autobiography, sermons, addresses, and essays of Bishop L. H. Holsey, D. D.,

  • The Milky Way rolled from Cygnus overhead down to Sagittarius in the south and Cassiopeia in the north.

    1968

  • They spread in fierce glory behind the shadow of his head, the Milky Way unfurled like a banner of light, the Hunter of the Heavens coursing his jewel-eyed hound.

    Ishmael

  • That would be an astounding discovery, because there are surely at least a million million planets in our Milky Way Galaxyand there are one hundred thousand million other galaxies!

    George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt

  • N* represents the number of new stars born each year in the Milky Way Galaxy

    George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt

  • However, most astronomers still assumed that the Milky Way comprised the whole Universe, and this galactocentric galactos = milk view persisted well into the twentieth century.

    George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt

  • The pale, fumy drift of the Milky Way drooped down and seemed so near, straight in front, that it seemed the obvious road to take.

    Kangaroo

  • Birds-of-prey became well known for engagements against the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 and NCC-1701-A, during the Genesis incident, a flight through the Great Barrier at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, and the battle in the Khitomer system before the signing of the Khitomer Accords.

    STARSHIP SPOTTER

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