from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An imaginary sphere of infinite extent with the earth at its center on which the stars, planets, and other heavenly bodies appear to be located.
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- proper n. An abstract sphere of infinite radius which serves as the imaginary backdrop for celestial objects, and of which the visible sky is one hemisphere.
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- n. the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected
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