Definition of "galaxy" []

  • Any of numerous large-scale aggregates of stars, gas, and dust that constitute the universe, containing an average of 100 billion (1011) solar masses and ranging in diameter from 1,500 to 300,000 light-years. Also called nebula. (noun)
  • The Milky Way. (noun)
  • An assembly of brilliant, glamorous, or distinguished persons or things: a galaxy of theatrical performers. (noun)
  • Any of a vast number of star systems held together by gravitational attraction in an asymmetric shape (an irregular galaxy) or, more usually, in a symmetrical shape (a regular galaxy), which is either a spiral or an ellipse (noun)

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  • A splendid gathering, esp one of famous or distinguished people (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "galaxy" in a sentence
  • "The term galaxy comes from the Greek root galakt, which means "milk" (a reference to our own Milky Way)."
  • "At the centre of the galaxy is a strange zone called the Void, protected by an Event Horizon."
  • "Believing in the existence of intelligent life elsewhere in the galaxy is another matter."