mean distance

mean distance
noun
the arithmetic mean of the maximum and minimum distances of a celestial body (satellite or secondary star) from its primary
Hypernyms: ↑distance

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noun
: the arithmetical mean of the maximum and minimum distances of a planet, satellite, or secondary star from its primary

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Astron.
the arithmetic mean of the greatest and least distances of a planet from the sun, used in stating the size of an orbit; the semimajor axis.
[1885-90]

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mean distance,
1. the average of the distances of the aphelion and perihelion of a planet from the sun, one of the data necessary to determine the orbit of a planet: »

The earth's mean distance from the sun is about 92,900,000 miles (Robert H. Baker).

2. the average of the greatest and least distances of any heavenly body, such as a star or a satellite, from the focus of its orbit.

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