Jovian adj.

of or relating to the planet Jupiter


  • 1799 W. Jones Adams's Lectures on Natural & Experimental Philosophy (ed. 2) IV. xliii. App. 203

    The Jovian system… The motion of Jupiter’s four moons or satellites.

  • 1931 E. E. Smith Spacehounds of IPC in Amazing Stories Sept. 549/1 page image Edward E. Smith bibliography

    ‘We'll carry off the pieces of that ship, too, Quince—we may be able to get a lot of pointers from it,’ and Brandon swung mighty tractor beams upon the severed halves of the Jovian vessel, then extended a couple of smaller rays to meet the two little figures racing across the smooth green meadow toward the Sirius.

  • 1950 R. A. Heinlein Farmer in Sky (1975) ix. 90 Robert A. Heinlein bibliography

    I was interested in it because I knew that the Jovian observatory was on it.

  • 1984 K. S. Robinson Icehenge (1990) 211 Kim Stanley Robinson

    Nearly half of the first Jovian colonies were her projects, as I understand it.

  • 1990 G. Bear Queen of Angels (1991) i.iv. 18 Greg Bear

    The planet…is quite Jovian, very pretty.

  • 1993 K. S. Robinson Green Mars (new ed.) 159 Kim Stanley Robinson

    We would need the thrust of almost all of them to get ourselves back down into the plane of the ecliptic in time to intersect the Jovian system.

  • 1998 G. Cox Assignment: Eternity xvii. 224 Greg Cox bibliography

    Didn’t you know I won the Jovian Triathlon back in '59?

  • 2019 ‘J. S. A. Corey’ Tiamat’s Wrath xi. 113 Daniel Abraham Ty Franck bibliography

    He and Caspar and the rest of the crew wore printed flight suits with a triangle-and-curve logo that implied they worked for a gas-mining cooperative called Három Állam that worked the Jovian moons.

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antedating 1799

Research History
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2019 cite from "James S. A. Corey".

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