from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A mechanical model of the solar system.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a clockwork model of the solar system
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An apparatus which illustrates, by the revolution of balls moved by wheelwork, the relative size, periodic motions, positions, orbits, etc., of bodies in the solar system.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A machine so constructed as to represent, by the movements of its parts, the motions and phases of the planets in their orbits. Similar machines are also called planetariums and cosmoscopes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. planetarium consisting of an apparatus that illustrates the relative positions and motions of bodies in the solar system by rotation and revolution of balls moved by wheelwork; sometimes incorporated in a clock
Other beginning words, such as orrery, posset and mornay, also defeated spellers.
In contrast with the orrery by which we might symbolise the structural integrity so crucial to Rationalism in its aesthetic of the logical, the thunderbolt signifies the dynamism of the ruptures at the heart of all strange fiction (in which I include not just the fantastic but the tragic and the comic.)
I love this simple wooden orrery from Muji's gift lineup.
The Book of Common Prayer in the priest's coat pocket, contains an elaborate system, a liturgical orrery, for the public marking of time.
The click of the turbine, gurgling away, still powering the decaying house, reminds me of the orrery which Smokey Barnable sets in motion.
- From same, how to make a Tellurium, an orrery-like device that shows the movements of the earth and the moon.
Among other steampunk-related items (including a very bike-messenger version of an orrery) I found this astrolabe, which I think is really wonderful.
Wishing to built an orrery my first step was to make a drawing.
To see them in the twisting wires of the canopy and to discover these forces was like looking at an orrery, a model of the solar system, and my nest-star joined these others in their universe, and I could feel the suck of their atmospheres as we passed beneath them through the wood.
Just being able to type orrery without screwing up is an accomplishment.