solar system n.
a system of one or more stars, often with accompanying planets
A generalization of the usual meaning, referring to our own planetary system, which OED records from 1704 (in an unrevised entry).
Then upwards yet your ravish’d eyes convey, / And view the skies with sparkling di’monds gay: / See num’rous solar systems scatter’d round, / To make your admiration more profound. ]
To Mr. M. on His Denial of Soul’s Future Existence in London Magazine Oct. 505/2
A very grand scheme was in contemplation, under White’s redoubtable leadership—no less than a public excursion to the nebula in Argo, in order to survey, from some near but sufficiently safe position, the marvellously stupendous movements that are of late developing there, in the gradual process of evolving a huge solar system.
Thousand Years Hence xxi. 386
Granting human electricity to exist, why should not a communication be established, like a sort of spiritual Atlantic cable, between man and the beings of other spheres and other solar systems?
Romance of Two Worlds 192
He had piloted the Adastra to its first contact with the civilization of another solar system.
Proxima Centauri in Astounding Stories Mar. 21/2
Must be a piece of some unknown planet, that maybe belonged to some unknown solar system, way out among the stars.
Meteor Legacy in Astounding Science-Fiction Aug. 39/2
Admittedly, he was used to interplanetary rather than interstellar flight; but it is almost as easy to get lost inside solar systems as between them.
Trojan Fall in Astounding Science-Fiction June 57/2
Slade left the Copernicus with fuel for at most seven light-years. It’s fifty to the nearest inhabited solar system.
Plants in Astounding Science-Fiction Jan. 142/1
Gorgias touched the map retrieval plate and the screen lit up, revealing a solar system of twelve planets.
Ashes & Stars 109
‘We’re the first human beings to reach another solar system,’ Lena said with awe.
Stranger Suns 38
The Werel-Yeowe solar system consists of 16 planets orbiting a yellow-white star (RK-tamo-5544-34).
Four Ways to Forgiveness 211
Their ships cruised at sublight speeds through distant solar systems.
Going Deep in Asimov’s Science Fiction June 26
I do not exist to save humans, I exist to save humanity. Your cruelties and mistakes may look damning to you, but that is not what I see. Every human conversation is more elegant and complex than the entire solar system that contains it.
A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor235
"Nunsowe Green", A Thousand Years Hence
Research HistoryRalf Brown located and Steven Silver submitted a 1991 cite from George Zebrowski's "Stranger Suns".
Ralf Brown located and Douglas Winston submitted a 1977 cite from George Zebrowski's "Ashes and Stars".
Mike Christie submitted a 1944 cite from Hal Clement's "Trojan Fall".
Mike Christie submitted a 1946 cite from Murray Leinster's "The Plants".
Mike Christie submitted a 1941 cite from Raymond Z. Galllun's "Meteor Legacy".
Ralf Brown identified and Lawrence Watt-Evans located a cite from the 1887 second edition of Marie Corelli's 1886 "A Romance of Two Worlds".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2020 cite from Hank Green.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted an 1882 cite from "Nunsowe Green".
(The OED definition refers only to our own solar system.)
Last modified 2022-01-22 14:46:35
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