orrery

Part of speech: noun

An apparatus for illustrating the relative size, position, and motions of the sun and planets; named from the Earl of Orrery.

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Usage examples "orrery":

  1. His Memoirs of the Orrery Family and the Boyle's, is the most indifferent of his performances; though the translations of Phalaris's Epistles in that work are done with great spirit and beauty. - "The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland (1753),Vol. V.", Theophilus Cibber.
  2. Then perished all the riches of Crowland; its library too, of more than seven hundred volumes, with that famous Nadir, or Orrery, the like whereof was not in all England, wherein the seven planets were represented, each in their proper metals. - "Hereward, The Last of the English", Charles Kingsley.
  3. Ser Perth stripped off the case to reveal the orrery to Hanson. - "The Sky Is Falling", Lester del Rey.