from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See minor planet.
  • noun One of the group of very small planets revolving round the sun between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, remarkable for the eccentricity of their orbits and the greatness of their angle of inclination to the ecliptic; a minor planet; an asteroid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Astron.) A body resembling a planet; an asteroid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun astronomy An asteroid of any size
  • noun astronomy An asteroid-like body in an orbit beyond the asteroid belt, such as a centaur or Kuiper belt object
  • noun astronomy A larger, planetary, body in orbit around the Sun, such as Vesta or (candidate) dwarf planets such Eris or Sedna
  • noun astronomy A dwarf planet

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

  • noun any of numerous small celestial bodies that move around the sun


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