Definition of cosmology in English:


Line breaks: cos|mol¦ogy
Pronunciation: /kɒzˈmɒlədʒi

noun (plural cosmologies)

[mass noun]
1The science of the origin and development of the universe. Modern cosmology 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.
1.1 [count noun] An 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.


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



Pronunciation: /-məˈlɒdʒɪk(ə)l/
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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.

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