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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Uranus  \U"ra*nus\  (-n[u^]s),  n.  [L.  Uranus,  Gr  O'yrano`s 
  Uranus,  o'yrano`s  heaven,  sky.  Cf  {Uranium}.] 
  1.  (Gr.  Myth.)  The  son  or  husband  of  Gaia  (Earth),  and  father 
  of  Chronos  (Time)  and  the  Titans. 
 
  2.  (Astron.)  One  of  the  primary  planets.  It  is  about 
  1,800,000,000  miles  from  the  sun,  about  36,000  miles  in 
  diameter,  and  its  period  of  revolution  round  the  sun  is 
  nearly  84  of  our  years. 
 
  Note:  This  planet  has  also  been  called  {Herschel},  from  Sir 
  William  Herschel,  who  discovered  it  in  1781,  and  who 
  named  it  {Georgium  Sidus},  in  honor  of  George  III., 
  then  King  of  England. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Herschel  \Her"schel\,  n.  (Astron.) 
  See  {Uranus}. 




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