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ASTEROID

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does asteroid mean? 

ASTEROID (noun)
  The noun ASTEROID has 1 sense:

1. any of numerous small celestial bodies composed of rock and metal that move around the sun (mainly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter)

  Familiarity information: ASTEROID used as a noun is very rare.


ASTEROID (adjective)
  The adjective ASTEROID has 1 sense:

1. shaped like a star

  Familiarity information: ASTEROID used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ASTEROID (noun)


Sense 1asteroid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any of numerous small celestial bodies composed of rock and metal that move around the sun (mainly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Hypernyms ("asteroid" is a kind of...):

minor planet; planetoid (any of numerous small celestial bodies that move around the sun)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "asteroid"):

Chiron (an asteroid discovered in 1977; it is unique in having an orbit lying mainly between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus)

Instance hyponyms:

Apollo asteroid (an asteroid whose orbit crosses the Earth's orbit)

Ceres (the largest asteroid and the first discovered)

Pallas (a large asteroid; the second asteroid to be discovered)

Vesta (the brightest asteroid but the fourth to be discovered)


ASTEROID (adjective)


Sense 1asteroid [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Shaped like a star

Synonyms:

asteroid; star-shaped

Similar:

angular; angulate (having angles or an angular shape)


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