What are cosmos?

  • (noun): Any of various mostly Mexican herbs of the genus Cosmos having radiate heads of variously colored flowers and pinnate leaves; popular fall-blooming annuals.
    Synonyms: cosmea
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In the general sense, a cosmos is an orderly or harmonious system. It originates from the Greek term κόσμος (kosmos), meaning "order" or "ornament" and is antithetical to the concept of chaos. Today, the word is generally used as a synonym of the Latin loanword "Universe" (considered in its orderly aspect). The word cosmetics originates from the same root. In many Slavic languages such as Russian, Bulgarian, and Serbian, the word Космос cosmos means also the "outer space". In Mandarin Chinese, cosmos and universe are both translated as 宇宙 yǔzhòu, which literally translated means space-time (宇 = space + 宙 zhòu = time).

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List Of Spacecraft From The Space Odyssey Series - Cosmos
... The Cosmos is the first of three versatile spacecraft featured in 2061 Odyssey Three, designed and constructed by Tsung Spacelines ... The Cosmos is only mentioned briefly, its two sister ships, Galaxy and Universe, play a larger role in the story ...
Cosmos Software
... Cosmos Software was an award-winning Internet and Multimedia consulting firm in Dubai founded by Rabah Shihab and Auday Hussein in early 1997 ... Cosmos had two divisions, an enterprise and Internet solutions division and a multimedia division ... Cosmos had offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Dubai Media City ...
Cosmos, Minnesota - Demographics - 2000 Census
... There were 240 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older ...
Stefan Dimitrov (footballer) - Career - Professional
... in the US Open Cup in 2011, before signing for New York Cosmos U-23 in 2011 and was selected as one of the U-23 players to participate in the Paul Scholes testimonial ... On January 31, 2013, Dimitrov signed with the Cosmos for their inaugural season in the NASL ...
Le Voyage Dans La Lune (operetta) - Synopsis - Act 2
... Cosmos, king of the moon, and his counsellor Cactus calm their people - science has proved that the Earth is uninhabited ... Some "sélénites" get up, and Cosmos reappears to ask the "terriens" where they have come from ... Their insolent reply makes him condemn them to prison, but Cosmos's wife Popotte and daughter Fantasia arrive ...

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    We must get back into relation, vivid and nourishing relation to the cosmos and the universe. The way is through daily ritual, and is an affair of the individual and the household, a ritual of dawn and noon and sunset, the ritual of the kindling fire and pouring water, the ritual of the first breath, and the last.
    —D.H. (David Herbert)

    The cosmos is about the smallest hole that a man can hide his head in.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874–1936)

    To sum up:
    1. The cosmos is a gigantic fly-wheel making 10,000 revolutions a minute.
    2. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it.
    3. Religion is the theory that the wheel was designed and set spinning to give him the ride.
    —H.L. (Henry Lewis)