The Universe: Cosmos – 12 Words


everything that exists anywhere

Is the cosmos filled with chatty alien civilizations, or is the Earth a lonely spark of life in a sterile universe?Scientific American (Jul 20, 2015)

pertaining to or characteristic of the universe

Even the universe, this cosmic garden that surrounds us and awes us…this monument to Creation was once the size of an apple seed.Forbes (Aug 11, 2015)

metaphysical study of the origin and nature of the universe

Intelligent design cosmology purports to answer the first question by declaring that we are, in fact, located at an exalted place.Slate (Apr 14, 2015)

the branch of astrophysics that studies the origin and evolution and structure of the universe

The cosmogony of the present day sets no outer limit to the solar system, and some astronomers advocate the existence of many trans-Neptunian planets.Todd, David Peck

pertaining to the branch of astronomy dealing with the origin and history and structure and dynamics of the universe

In considering the cosmogenic arrangements of our globe, our attention is called in a special degree to the moon.Chambers, Robert

the science that maps the general features of the universe

The comet is the deus ex machina; whenever one comes to a difficult question in cosmography, a comet is lugged in.Riou, Edouard

of worldwide scope or applicability

Layered together, the diverse elements create an inviting, decidedly cosmopolitan air.Architectural Digest (Aug 4, 2015)

a sophisticated person who has travelled in many countries

Thus far we may all be cosmopolites; though nations be divided, let men be united.Beste, Henry Digby

serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose

Another risk is that their involvement could lead to cosmetic changes to the prison industry that shift attention away from the primary problems.The Guardian (Jul 17, 2015)

the practice of beautifying the face and hair and skin

In some states it is a legal requirement that you have a cosmetology licence in order to engage in hair braiding.Forbes (Jan 27, 2015)

someone who sells or applies cosmetics

Cosmeticians probably won’t agree, but scientists say eyelashes have an optimal length: a third of the width of the eye.Scientific American (Feb 25, 2015)

a person trained to travel in a spacecraft

After the famous “handshake in space,” the Soviet cosmonauts and U.S. astronauts worked on joint experiments.Time (Jul 17, 2015)

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