heaven Idioms & Phrases
Crystalline heavens, ∨ Crystalline spheres
- in the Ptolemaic system of astronomy, two transparent spheres imagined to exist between the region of the fixed stars and the primum mobile (or outer circle of the heavens, which by its motion was supposed to carry round all those within it), in order to explain certain movements of the heavently bodies.
Eye of day, Eye of the morning, Eye of heaven
- the sun. "So gently shuts the eye day." Mrs. Barbauld.
Ground of the heavens
(Astron.), the surface of any part of the celestial sphere upon which the stars may be regarded as projected.
adjective satellite peculiarly fortunate or appropriate; as if by divine intervention
- a heaven-sent rain saved the crops
- a providential recovery
manna from heaven
noun (Old Testament) food that God gave the Israelites during the Exodus
miraculous food; manna.
noun a sudden happening that brings good fortune (as a sudden opportunity to make money)
gravy; windfall; bunce; bonanza; boom; gold rush; godsend.
- the demand for testing has created a boom for those unregulated laboratories where boxes of specimen jars are processed like an assembly line
Poles of the heavens, ∨ Celestial poles
- the two opposite points in the celestial sphere which coincide with the earth's axis produced, and about which the heavens appear to revolve.
noun a state of extreme happiness
cloud nine; blissfulness; bliss; walking on air.
Tree of heaven
noun deciduous rapidly growing tree of China with foliage like sumac and sweetish fetid flowers; widely planted in United States as a street tree because of its resistance to pollution
tree of the gods; Ailanthus altissima.
(Bot.), an ornamental tree ( Ailantus glandulosus) having long, handsome pinnate leaves, and greenish flowers of a disagreeable odor.
vault of heaven
noun the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected
firmament; welkin; empyrean; sphere; celestial sphere; heavens.