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[ awr-uh-ree, or- ]
noun, plural or·rer·ies.
an apparatus for representing the positions, motions, and phases of the planets, satellites, etc., in the solar system.
any of certain similar machines, as a planetarium.
First recorded in 1705–15; named after Charles Boyle, Earl of Orrery (1676–1731), for whom it was first made
Among the children were the famous orrery, and the yet more famous Robert Boyle.
IRELAND UNDER THE TUDORS, VOL. II (OF 3) | RICHARD BAGWELL
This came to the ears of the Earl of orrery, who requested the butlers master to send him to his house, which the latter did.
IRISH WITCHCRAFT AND DEMONOLOGY | ST. JOHN D. (ST. JOHN DRELINCOURT) SEYMOUR
You therefore present this orrery to any person, and desire him to choose one of the questions there written.
ENDLESS AMUSEMENT | UNKNOWN
These are all placed on a wide plain in a fashion symbolizing the Solar System: like an orrery.
A SON OF PERDITION | FERGUS HUME
His countenance, says orrery, could be terribly expressive of the sterner passions.
SWIFT | LESLIE STEPHEN
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Someone who does precision guesswork based on unreliable data provided by those of questionable intelligence.
See also wizard, magician
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