Gal·ax·y n.; pl. Galaxies
1. Astron. 1. The Milky Way, that luminous tract, or belt, which is seen at night stretching across the heavens, and which is composed of innumerable stars, so distant and blended as to be distinguishable only with the telescope.
3. A splendid or impressive assemblage of persons or things; as, a galaxy of movie stars.
n 1: a splendid assemblage (especially of famous people)
2: tufted evergreen perennial herb having spikes of tiny white
flowers and glossy green round to heart-shaped leaves that
become coppery to maroon or purplish in fall [syn: galax,
wandflower, beetleweed, coltsfoot, Galax urceolata]
3: (astronomy) a collection of star systems; any of the
billions of systems each having many stars and nebulae and
dust; "`extragalactic nebula' is a former name for
`galaxy'" [syn: extragalactic nebula]