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Noun oort has 1 sense
  1. Oort, Jan Hendrix Oort - Dutch astronomer who proved that the galaxy is rotating and proposed the existence of the Oort cloud (1900-1992)
    --1 is a kind of astronomer, uranologist, stargazer

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Noun (Astronomy)

1. The Oort cloud, a hypothetical spherical cloud of comets surrounding the solar system, located roughly 50,000 astronomical units from the Sun.

Example sentence: Scientists believe that the Oort cloud is the source of long-period comets that occasionally enter the inner solar system.

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Noun (Geology)

1. A type of soil formed by accumulations of wind-blown volcanic ash.

Example sentence: The fertile Oort soil provides essential nutrients for the growth of crops.

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Noun (Physics)

1. A unit used in the calculation of the intensity of light in spectroscopy, equal to 10^20 photons per second per square meter.

Example sentence: The detector recorded an impressive Oort value for the intensity of the emitted photons.

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1. Of or related to the Dutch astronomer Jan Oort or his work.

Example sentence: The Oort Institute is dedicated to studying celestial bodies as well as preserving Jan Oort's legacy.

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1. To move quickly or swiftly.

Example sentence: The gazelle would oort across the savannah, effortlessly outpacing its predators.

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