Definition of Celestial mechanics

1. Noun. The branch of astronomy concerned with the application of Newton's laws of motion to the motions of heavenly bodies.

Generic synonyms: Astronomy, Uranology

Definition of Celestial mechanics

1. Noun. (astronomy) The dynamics of celestial bodies subject to mutual gravitational attraction. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Celestial Mechanics

celestial bodies
celestial body
celestial equator
celestial equators
celestial globe
celestial guidance
celestial hierarchy
celestial horizon
celestial latitude
celestial longitude
celestial mechanics (current term)
celestial navigation
celestial object
celestial objects
celestial orbit
celestial point
celestial pole
celestial poles
celestial sphere
celestial teapot

Literary usage of Celestial mechanics

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1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"Laplace was said to have been born to complete celestial mechanics, if, indeed, it were in the nature of a science to admit of completan; and quite as much ..."

2. The Positive Philosophy of Auguste Comte by Auguste Comte, Frederic Harrison (1896)
"Whereas, the province of celestial mechanics is to analyse „ . . , the motions of the stars, in order to refer 'Mechanics them, by the rules of Rational ..."

3. The Christian Examiner (1858)
"Physical and celestial mechanics. By BENJAMIN PEIRCE, Perkins Professor of ... Developed in Four Systems of Analytic Mechanics, celestial mechanics, ..."

4. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific by Astronomical Society of the Pacific (1896)
"Its title is given here, in order to call the attention of those of our members who are interested in celestial mechanics to a resumé of its history since ..."

5. System of Positive Polity by Auguste Comte (1877)
"In celestial mechanics, then, it is the philosophical object that will remain predominant, be it the perfecting of the astronomical synthesis, ..."

6. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"celestial mechanics is, strictly speaking, that branch of applied ... Thus celestial mechanics may be said to have begun with Newton's Principia. ..."

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