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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.
Webster 1913

Eye of day, Eye of the morning, Eye of heaven

  • the sun. "So gently shuts the eye day." Mrs. Barbauld.
Webster 1913

Ground of the heavens

  • (Astron.), the surface of any part of the celestial sphere upon which the stars may be regarded as projected.
Webster 1913


  • adjective satellite peculiarly fortunate or appropriate; as if by divine intervention
    providential; miraculous.
    • 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.
Webster 1913

seventh heaven

  • 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.
Webster 1913

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.