Inferior Planets

   Mercury and Venus, which have orbits smaller than Earth's orbit.

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  • inferior planets — The planets within the earth s orbit (Mercury and Venus) • • • Main Entry: ↑planet …   Useful english dictionary

  • Inferior — In*fe ri*or, a. [L., compar. of inferus that is below, underneath, the lower; akin to E. under: cf. F. inf[ e]rieur. See {Under}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Lower in place, rank, value, excellence, etc.; less important or valuable; subordinate;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Inferior court — Inferior In*fe ri*or, a. [L., compar. of inferus that is below, underneath, the lower; akin to E. under: cf. F. inf[ e]rieur. See {Under}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Lower in place, rank, value, excellence, etc.; less important or valuable; subordinate;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Inferior figure — Inferior In*fe ri*or, a. [L., compar. of inferus that is below, underneath, the lower; akin to E. under: cf. F. inf[ e]rieur. See {Under}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Lower in place, rank, value, excellence, etc.; less important or valuable; subordinate;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Inferior letter — Inferior In*fe ri*or, a. [L., compar. of inferus that is below, underneath, the lower; akin to E. under: cf. F. inf[ e]rieur. See {Under}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Lower in place, rank, value, excellence, etc.; less important or valuable; subordinate;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Inferior tide — Inferior In*fe ri*or, a. [L., compar. of inferus that is below, underneath, the lower; akin to E. under: cf. F. inf[ e]rieur. See {Under}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Lower in place, rank, value, excellence, etc.; less important or valuable; subordinate;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inferior — [in fir′ē ər] adj. [ME < L, compar. of inferus, low, below < IE * ṇdheros < base * ṇdhos, UNDER] 1. lower in space; placed lower down 2. low or lower in order, status, rank, etc.; subordinate 3. lower in quality or value than: with to 4 …   English World dictionary

  • Inferior and superior planets — The terms inferior planet and superior planet were originally used in the Ptolemaic cosmology to differentiate those planets (Mercury and Venus) that were between the stationary Earth and the orbiting Sun from those planets (Mars, Jupiter, and… …   Wikipedia

  • inferior — /ɪnˈfɪəriə / (say in fearreeuh) adjective 1. (sometimes followed by to) lower in station, rank, or degree. 2. of comparatively low grade; poor in quality: an inferior brand. 3. less important, valuable, or excellent: an inferior worker. 4. lower… …   Australian English dictionary

  • inferior planet — noun Date: 1633 either of the planets Mercury and Venus whose orbits lie within that of the earth …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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