From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44 [gcide]:
1. The branch of science or philosophy dealing with the origin and nature of the universe as a whole. specifically (a) (Philosophy) the branch of metaphysics speculating on the structure and nature of the most fundamental parts of the system of creation, such as space and time, the elements of bodies, the structure of the universe, the modifications of material things, causality, the laws of motion, and the order and course of nature. (b) (Astronomy) the branch of astronomy dealing with the origin and structure of the universe, including the evolution of its present observable structure, using the methods of observational astronomy as well as mathematical physics. [1913 Webster +PJC]
From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thes]:
39 Moby Thesaurus words for "cosmology": aesthetics, astrogony, axiology, big bang theory, casuistry, continuous creation theory, cosmic evolution, cosmic philosophy, cosmism, cosmogony, cosmography, epistemology, ethics, expanding universe theory, first philosophy, gnosiology, logic, mental philosophy, metaphysics, moral philosophy, nebular hypothesis, ontology, phenomenology, philosophastry, philosophic doctrine, philosophic system, philosophic theory, philosophical inquiry, philosophical speculation, philosophy, pulsating universe theory, school of philosophy, school of thought, science of being, sophistry, stellar cosmogony, theory of beauty, theory of knowledge, value theory
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