asteroid belt n.
the toroidal region of space around a star in which most asteroid orbits occur
In view of the dimensions of the rings which formed the planets…, we cannot suppose that a single ring occupied all the space within the asteroid belt.
Origin of Stars xxxiii. 292
If it’s so dangerous, why couldn’t we fly over the asteroid belt?
Disc-Men of Jupiter in Wonder Stories Sept. 533/2
The asteroid belt was many millions of miles across, but they hoped to encounter very few of the spinning particles at this time.
Disc-Men of Jupiter in Wonder Stories Sept. 534/1
The two tiny slabs of rock, revolving about each other, made up a part of the asteroid belt, all that remained of a mythical planet between Mars and Jupiter (which must have disrupted into the thousands of tiny fragments many millions of years before).
Asteroid of Gold in Wonder Stories Nov. 515/1
Beyond Mars, both newer and older, lies the asteroid belt—wreckage of a world that exploded, but that was peopled once, too. It is a wonderful, terrible region.
Step Farther Out in Super Science Stories Mar.
None of these bodies are livable. Then comes the asteroid belt, followed by four small dense planets, two of which appear to be inhabitable.
…And All the Stars a Stage in Amazing Stories 128/1
Astronomers have discovered that about 10% of the asteroids, including many of the larger ones near the inner part of the asteroid belt, are stony-iron types.
Asteroid Mining in Galileo Sept. 13/1
The most remarkable thing we encountered was an asteroid belt.
My Brother’s Keeper . ii. 19
2001 Locus June 33/2
Martin Humphries presents rival Dan Randolph a solution…that will also help Earth: build a fusion rocket so it is economically feasible to mine the Asteroid Belt for the energy the Earth needs.
Research HistoryMike Christie submitted a 1932 cite from Clifford Simak's "The Asteroid of Gold", based on a suggestion from Brian Ameringen.
Cory Panshin submitted a cite from a 1947 reprint of Manly Wade Wellman's "The Disc-Men of Jupiter"; Jeff Prucher verified the cite in the 1931 original magazine appearance.
Bill Mullins submitted a cite from a science news column "Mechanical and Physical Astronomy" in the journal "The Manufacturer and Builder" for March 1877.
Earliest cite in OED2: 1939; OED3 now shows an 1867 example.
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