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Meaning of SOLAR

Pronunciation:  'sowlur

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  relating to or derived from the sun or utilizing the energies of the sun; "solar eclipse"; "solar energy"

SOLAR is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \So"lar\, n. [OE. soler, AS. solere, L. solarium, from sol
    the sun. See {Solar}, a.]
    A loft or upper chamber; a garret room. [Obs.] [Written also
    {soler}, {solere}, {sollar}.] --Oxf. Gloss.
  2. \So"lar\, a. [L. solaris, fr. sol the sun; akin to As.
    s[=o]l, Icel. s[=o]l, Goth. sauil, Lith. saule, W. haul,.
    sul, Skr. svar, perhaps to E. sun:F. solaire. Cf. {Parasol}.
    1. Of or pertaining to the sun; proceeding from the sun; as,
       the solar system; solar light; solar rays; solar
       influence. See {Solar system}, below.
    2. (Astrol.) Born under the predominant influence of the sun.
             And proud beside, as solar people are. --Dryden.
    3. Measured by the progress or revolution of the sun in the
       ecliptic; as, the solar year.
    4. Produced by the action of the sun, or peculiarly affected
       by its influence.
             They denominate some herbs solar, and some lunar.
    {Solar cycle}. See under {Cycle}.
    {Solar day}. See {Day}, 2.
    {Solar engine}, an engine in which the energy of solar heat
       is used to produce motion, as in evaporating water for a
       steam engine, or expanding air for an air engine.
    {Solar flowers} (Bot.), flowers which open and shut daily at
       certain hours.
    {Solar lamp}, an argand lamp.
    {Solar microscope}, a microscope consisting essentially,
       first, of a mirror for reflecting a beam of sunlight
       through the tube, which sometimes is fixed in a window
       shutter; secondly, of a condenser, or large lens, for
       converging the beam upon the object; and, thirdly, of a
       small lens, or magnifier, for throwing an enlarged image
       of the object at its focus upon a screen in a dark room or
       in a darkened box.
    {Solar month}. See under {Month}.
    {Solar oil}, a paraffin oil used an illuminant and lubricant.
    {Solar phosphori} (Physics), certain substances, as the
       diamond, siulphide of barium (Bolognese or Bologna
       phosphorus), calcium sulphide, etc., which become
       phosphorescent, and shine in the dark, after exposure to
       sunlight or other intense light.
    {Solar plexus} (Anat.), a nervous plexus situated in the
       dorsal and anterior part of the abdomen, consisting of
       several sympathetic ganglia with connecting and radiating
       nerve fibers; -- so called in allusion to the radiating
       nerve fibers.
    {Solar spots}. See {Sun spots}, under {Sun}.
    {Solar system} (Astron.), the sun, with the group of
       celestial bodies which, held by its attraction, revolve
       round it. The system comprises the major planets, with
       their satellites; the minor planets, or asteroids, and the
       comets; also, the meteorids, the matter that furnishes the
       zodiacal light, and the rings of Saturn. The satellites
       that revolve about the major planets are twenty-two in
       number, of which the Earth has one (see {Moon}.), Mars
       two, Jupiter five, Saturn nine, Uranus four, and Neptune
       one. The asteroids, between Mars and Jupiter, thus far
       discovered (1900), number about five hundred, the first
       four of which were found near the beginning of the
       century, and are called Ceres, Pallas, Juno, and Vesta.
    Note: The principal elements of the major planets, and of the
          comets seen at more than one perihelion passage, are
          exhibited in the following tables: -- I. -- Major
          Planets. Symbol.Name.Mean distance -- that of the Earth
          being unity.Period in days.Eccentricity.Inclination of
          orbit.Diameter in miles ????????????????????? II. --
          Periodic Comets. Name.Greatest distance from sun.Least
          distance from sun.Inclination of orbit.Perihelion
          passage. [deg] [min] 54 Encke's3.314.100.34212 541885.2
    {Solar telegraph}, telegraph for signaling by flashes of
       reflected sunlight.
    {Solar time}. See {Apparent time}, under {Time}.