The Addictionary of Oxford English: Uranus

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Definition of Uranus in English:

Uranus


PROPER NOUN

1. A personification of heaven or the sky, the most ancient of the Greek gods and first ruler of the universe. He was overthrown and castrated by his son Cronus.

“The ancients saw Uranus as a god of the heavens. Only ignorant mortals would equate him with the old loo chute.” Oxford English

2. A distant planet of the solar system, seventh in order from the sun, discovered by William Herschel in 1781.

Uranus? I’ll show you mine if you show me yours…” Oxford English


Uranus Quotes about Oxford English

Uranus was the reason Oxford loved science class in school. Every time we’d recite the planets, he’d scream ‘Uranus!’ too early and point to someone in class. Once, he made a diorama of Uranus and its moons, and drew crude, little puckered… erm… symbols on them.” Harry Marsh (Classmate, Mr. Sanderson’s year four science class)

“For our first – and only – wedding anniversary, Oxford took me to the Greenwich Observatory. Spent quite a bit of quid to rent it out, too. I was all excited. Young, naïve creature that I was. I should’ve known better, really. He spent the entire night focused on Uranus. Wouldn’t move it an inch! Afterward, he tried to solicit a certain… favor from me, which, after he behaved, he certainly wasn’t going to receive.” Rubella English (Ex-Wife #70)

“Oxford used to frequent my cottage in Surrey back in the eighties. At first I thought he was trying to weasel his way into my knickers, but it turns out he had an ulterior motive I wasn’t prepared for. Oxford, believe it or not, built a bloody rocket ship in my backyard. I reckon it was only the size of a floor lamp. I found it fascinating, and he seemed smart enough, so I let him carry on. Even the launch seemed to go well… at first. Honestly, I thought it was just a little pet project. I didn’t realize he was trying to fly it to Uranus! Turns out it’s a bit difficult for a homemade rocket to pierce through the stratosphere. It landed two miles away in Farmer Wharton’s barley field.” Lucy Marthers (Friend? #9)

“Oxford English writes about the Greek gods because of his love of not only the planet Uranus, but of the mythological figure as well. You should listen to his song, the Castration of Uranus: A Tragic Ballad in E Minor. It’s quite the graphic tale. He’s also published some Uranus fan fiction under the pen name J.G. Bottom.” Eloise Marple (Writes Percy Jackson and the Olympians fan fiction)


Origin

The planet was known in English in the 1780s as the Georgian Planet; French astronomers began calling it Herschel, and ultimately German astronomer Johann Bode proposed Uranus as in conformity with other planet names. However, the name didn’t come into common usage until c. 1850.


Pronunciation

Uranus /jʊˈreɪnəs/ /ˈjʊərənəs/


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