Meaning of PLANETARY in English


I. ˈplanəˌterē, -ri adjective

Etymology: from (assumed) Late Latin planetarius (whence Late Latin planetarius astrologer), from planeta planet + Latin -arius -ary


a. : of, relating to, or belonging to a planet

planetary orbit

planetary year

b. : caused or held to be caused by a planet

a planetary plague — Shakespeare


(1) : erratic , wandering

a planetary vagabond

(2) : having a motion like that of a planet : orbiting

d. : immense

it seemed not weeks, not even months or years, but a fantastic length of time, a planetary distance — Marcia Davenport


a. : of, relating to, or belonging to the earth : terrestrial

planetary rumblings and eructations — L.C.Eiseley

b. : global , worldwide

neither national nor continental but planetary — Lewis Mumford

people had begun to think in planetary terms — Van Wyck Brooks

3. : having or consisting of an epicyclic train of gear wheels

planetary drive

II. noun

( -es )

1. : a planet or planetary body

scanned the entire literary horizon for new planetaries — Carl Van Doren

2. : planetary nebula

the observed speeds of expansion of the planetaries — R.H.Baker

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.