AskDefine | Define planetary

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planetary adj
1 of or relating to or resembling the physical or orbital characteristics of a planet or the planets; "planetary motion"; "planetary year" [syn: planetal]
2 of or relating to or characteristic of the planet Earth or its inhabitants; "planetary rumblings and eructations"- L.C.Eiseley ; "the planetary tilt"; "this terrestrial ball" [syn: terrestrial]
3 having no fixed course; "an erratic comet"; "his life followed a wandering course"; "a planetary vagabond" [syn: erratic, wandering]
4 involving the entire earth; not limited or provincial in scope; "global war"; "global monetary policy"; "neither national nor continental but planetary"; "a world crisis"; "of worldwide significance" [syn: global, world(a), worldwide]

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  1. of, or relating to planets, or the orbital motion of planets
  2. of, or relating to the earth; terrestrial
  3. of, or relating to the whole earth; global
  4. In the context of "of a gear train}} epicyclic


Extensive Definition

Planetary means relating to a planet or planets. It can also refer to:

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