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English Dictionary: nebular by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
nebular
adj
  1. of or relating to or resembling a nebula; "the nebular hypothesis of the origin of the solar system"
    Synonym(s): nebular, nebulous
  2. resembling a cloud
    Synonym(s): cloudlike, nebular
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Nebular \Neb"u*lar\, a.
      Of or pertaining to nebul[91]; of the nature of, or
      resembling, a nebula.
  
      {Nebular hypothesis}, an hypothesis to explain the process of
            formation of the stars and planets, presented in various
            forms by Kant, Herschel, Laplace, and others. As formed by
            Laplace, it supposed the matter of the solar system to
            have existed originally in the form of a vast, diffused,
            revolving nebula, which, gradually cooling and
            contracting, threw off, in obedience to mechanical and
            physical laws, succesive rings of matter, from which
            subsequently, by the same laws, were produced the several
            planets, satellites, and other bodies of the system. The
            phrase may indicate any hypothesis according to which the
            stars or the bodies of the solar system have been evolved
            from a widely diffused nebulous form of matter.
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