Meaning of PTOLEMAIC in English

adj. hist.

1. of or relating to Ptolemy, a 2nd-c. Alexandrian astronomer, or his theories.

2 of or relating to the Ptolemies, Macedonian rulers of Egypt from the death of Alexander the Great (323 BC) to the death of Cleopatra (30 BC).

Phrases and idioms:

Ptolemaic system the theory that the earth is the stationary centre of the Universe (cf. COPERNICAN SYSTEM).

Etymology: L Ptolemaeus f. Gk Ptolemaios

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.