Meaning of “comet” in the English Dictionary

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"comet" in English

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cometnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɒm.ɪt/ us /ˈkɑː.mɪt/

Examples from literature

  • An opportunity may thus be presented of determining the mass of one of the largest comets on record, which may not again occur. 
  • Did not God do this very thing when he permitted the comet to strike the earth? 
  • However, the Church of England still embraced the idea that comets and eclipses were evidence of God's wrath. 
  • The comet will visit Mars first, and proceed to Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn. 
  • The plague was thought to have been announced by a comet. 

(Definition of “comet” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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cometnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkɑm·ɪt/

earth science a body of rock and ice that travels around the sun and that, as it nears the sun, develops a long tail of small pieces that can be seen

(Definition of “comet” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)