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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Neb"u*la
  1. [Astron] A faint, cloudlike, self-luminous mass of matter situated beyond the solar system among the stars. The term was originally applied to any diffuse luminous region. Now, technically, it is applied to interstellar clouds of dust and gases (diffuse nebula). However distant galaxies and very distant star clusters often appear like them in the telescope, such as the spiral nebula in Andromeda, known now to be a distant galaxy.
  2. [Med]
    1. A white spot or a slight opacity of the cornea.
    2. A cloudy appearance in the urine.

Etymology: L., mist, cloud; akin to Gr. nefe`lh ne`fos, cloud, mist, G. nebel mist, OHG. nebul, D. nevel, Skr. nabhas cloud, mist. Cf. Nebule

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  1. (pathology) a faint cloudy spot on the cornea
  2. An immense cloud of gas (mainly hydrogen) and dust in interstellar space
  3. Cloudiness of the urine
  4. A medicinal liquid preparation intended for use in an atomizer

From Latin nebula (“little cloud", "mist”). Akin to Ancient Greek νεφέλη (nephélē, “cloud”) (Modern Greek νεφέλη (neféli)), German Nebel (“mist", "nebula”), Old Norse nifl, Polish niebo (“sky", heaven”).

  1. (astronomy) A cloud in outer space consisting of gas or dust (e.g. a cloud formed after a star explodes).
  2. (archaic, medicine) A white spot or slight opacity of the cornea.
  3. (obsolete, medicine) A cloudy appearance in the urine

nebula was also found in the following language(s): Interlingua, Italian, and Latin

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Fun Facts about the name Nebula

  • How Popular is the name Nebula? Nebula is the 59,654th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Nebula have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 23 babies born with the first name Nebula in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Nebula? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2011 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Nebula born? The highest recorded use of the first name Nebula was in 2017 with a total of 10 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Nebula: Your name in reverse order is Aluben. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lbeuna. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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