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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
MEANING:noun: A mechanical model of the solar system that represents the relative motions of the planets around the sun.
ETYMOLOGY:After Charles Boyle, 4th Earl of Orrery (1676-1731), who was given one of those models by John Rowley, a London instrument-maker. They were invented by George Graham c. 1700. The device would have been better named either after its inventor, Graham, or its maker, Rowley.
USAGE:"The lamp at the center of the orrery demonstrates the way the sun lends light to the planets."
James Fenton; Sheridan the Revolutionary; The New York Review of Books; Feb 4, 1999.
"Even the nation's attic couldn't contain a 650-yard-long model of the
solar system, so the Smithsonian Institution has put it outdoors, on the
National Mall. 'Voyage: A Journey Through Our Solar System', a new
permanent installation, represents the solar system at one 10-billionth
its actual size. ...
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Patriotism is proud of a country's virtues and eager to correct its deficiencies; it also acknowledges the legitimate patriotism of other countries, with their own specific virtues. The pride of nationalism, however, trumpets its country's virtues and denies its deficiencies, while it is contemptuous toward the virtues of other countries. It wants to be, and proclaims itself to be, "the greatest", but greatness is not required of a country; only goodness is. -Sydney J. Harris, journalist and author (1917-1986)