Definition of cosmology in English:


Syllabification: cos·mol·o·gy
Pronunciation: /käzˈmäləjē

noun (plural cosmologies)

  • 1The science of the origin and development of the universe. Modern astronomy is dominated by the Big Bang theory, which brings together observational astronomy and particle physics.
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    • Compared to physics and astronomy, cosmology is a young science.
    • We have come to realize, through developments in astronomy and cosmology, that we are still quite near the beginning.
    • The big bang theory of cosmology asserts that the universe was once a very small and very hot soup of energetic subatomic particles.
  • 1.1An account or theory of the origin of the universe.
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    • Alternative cosmologies try to account for these perturbations in different ways.
    • Many of the physical theories and cosmologies of the Greeks read like rational revisions of the early myths.
    • Nonetheless, many powerful lineages managed to retain power through political maneuvers and by maintaining a monopoly on spiritual practices centrally associated in local cosmologies with agriculture and fertility.



Pronunciation: /ˌkäzməˈläjikəl/
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  • This may come as some surprise, as I know nothing of any interest about the mass profiles nor the shapes of cosmological structures.
  • This tension was expressed in cosmological terms: psychological distress was interpreted as apocalyptic anxiety.
  • I've no intention of opening a cosmological can of worms.


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  • Likewise, heliocentricity, while accepted by all but a tiny minority of astronomers and cosmologists, still has its detractors.
  • Looking for such a signal is a big goal of cosmologists right now.
  • But it is being increasingly discussed by other eminent physicists and cosmologists.


mid 17th century: from French cosmologie or modern Latin cosmologia, from Greek kosmos 'order, world' + -logia 'discourse'.

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