Sagan

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See also: sagan and saĝan

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

The unit is derived from the phrase "billions and billions (of stars)", frequently attributed to the American astronomer Carl Sagan. The lower bound of such a number must be two billion plus two billion, or four billion. Johnny Carson popularized the phrase through his occasional impersonation of Sagan throughout his career.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈseɪɡən/
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Proper noun[edit]

Sagan (plural Sagans)

  1. A surname.
Derived terms[edit]

Noun[edit]

Sagan (plural Sagans)

  1. (slang, humorous) A unit of measurement equal to at least four billion.
Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Proper noun[edit]

Sagan

  1. A village in Sardasht Rural District, in the Central District of Bashagard County, Hormozgan Province, Iran.

Etymology 3[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Sagan

  1. Alternative form of Sakan (village in West Azerbaijan, Iran).

Etymology 4[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Proper noun[edit]

Sagan

  1. A river in southern Ethiopia.
    Alternative form: Segan
    • 1904, Oscar Neumann, From the Somali Coast Through Southern Ethiopia to the Sudan[1], U.S. Government Printing Office, OCLC 18584840, page 784:
      I had resolved to pass along the eastern shore of Lake Ganjule, in order to solve the problem of the sources of the river Sagan, the largest affluent of Lake Stefanie, which was supposed to flow out of Lake Ganjule. This I found to be not the case. The sources of the Sagan lie east of the south end of Lake Abaya. But there is a broad channel connecting Lake Ganjule with the Sagan.
  2. A town in southern Ethiopia, named for the river.

References[edit]

  • Sagan at dictionary.reference.com (Jargon File)
  • William Safire, ON LANGUAGE; Footprints on the Infobahn, New York Times, April 17, 1994
  • Carl Sagan, Billions and Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium, Random House, 1997

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Polish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From sagan.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈsa.ɡan/
  • Rhymes: -aɡan
  • Syllabification: Sa‧gan

Proper noun[edit]

Sagan m pers or f

  1. a masculine surname.
  2. a feminine surname.

Declension[edit]

Masculine surname:

The feminine surname is indeclinable.