Definition of Parsec

1. Noun. A unit of astronomical length based on the distance from Earth at which stellar parallax is 1 second of arc; equivalent to 3.262 light years.

Exact synonyms: Secpar
Generic synonyms: Astronomy Unit

Definition of Parsec

1. Noun. (astronomy metrology) parallax second ¹

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Definition of Parsec

1. a unit of astronomical distance [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Parsec

pars tympanica ossis temporalis
pars umbilicalis rami sinistri venae portae hepatis
pars uterina placentae
pars uterina tubae uterinae
pars uvealis reticuli trabecularis
pars vagalis nervi accessorii
pars ventralis pontis
pars vertebralis faciei costalis pulmonis
pars vestibularis nervi vestibulocochlearis
parsec (current term)

Literary usage of Parsec

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1. A Visit to India, China, and Japan, in the Year 1853 by Bayard Taylor (1864)
"... Family and Residence—parsec Failli and Ceremonies—Bridal Processions—A Drive to Malabar Hill—Tropical Gardens—T»l on Palin-Trees—A Hindoo Temple -The ..."

2. Our Troubles in Poona and the Deccan by Arthur Travers Crawford (1897)
"parsec Community in Poona. His great services as Mail Contractor during the Mutinies were ... parsec ladies, wherever they are to be found in the Deccan, ..."

3. Astronomy for Young Folks by Isabel Martin Lewis (1922)
"The parsec is equal to three and twenty-six hundredths (3.26) light-years, ... In other words, at the distance of one parsec the distance from the earth to ..."

4. Astronomy: The Science of the Heavenly Bodies by David Peck Todd (1922)
"For convenience in their calculations most astronomers now use a longer unit called the parsec, first suggested by Turner. Its length is equal to the ..."

5. Chambers's Edinburgh Journal by William Chambers, Robert Chambers (1849)
"... of these towers the parsec corpse is laid to be devoured by the birds of prey, the bones falling through in time, and thus making way for another body. ..."

6. An Almanack for the Year of Our Lord by Joseph Whitaker (1869)
"Astronomers also use another unit of distance, the parsec. i partee equals 3.26 ... A star Is said to be at a distance of one parsec if the radius of the ..."

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