Full record for light-year n.

Definition the distance light travels in one year
OED requirements antedating 1888
Earliest cite in Athenaeum
Last modified 6 July, 2008

Citations for light-year n.

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1951 I. Asimov Foundation Trilogy—Foundation i.i. 5 At one time there was the cold, blue-white smoke of a gaseous nebula within five light years of the ship.
1960 P. Anderson High Crusade (1982) v. 32 This empire filled a rough sphere in space, about two thousand light-years across.
?a1965 G. Roddenberry Original outline for ‘Star Trek’ in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ (1968) i. i. 24 Drive—space-warp [.] Range—18 years at light-year velocity [.] Registry—Earth, United Spaceship.
1967 J. Blish Star Trek 91 The world in question was a member of the solar system of 70 Ophiucus, a sun less than fifteen light-years away from Earth.
1971 J. Blish Star Trek 4 11 My home is a planet many light-years away.
1972 J. Blish Star Trek 8 88 Millions upon millions of light years of absolutely nothing, except a few molecules of ionized gas.
1978 G. Eklund Starless World i. 3 It's last reported position was in this general area. How general? Eleven light-years.
1983 S. Marshak & M. Culbreath Triangle vii. 40 Spock jumps at a conclusion across a few light-years—and it seems obvious to you ?
1988 C. J. Cherryh Cyteen 8 Her quasi-relatives were scattered across lightyears.
1994 B. Bova Craft of Writing Sci. Fict. that Sells xii. 129 They've traveled across lightyears—billions of miles—to get here.
1994 L. A. Graf Firestorm xviii. 177 Kirk felt suddenly as though the bridge and ship were already a dozen light-years away.
1995 Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch Star Trek Voyager: Escape xvi. 162 It was a single line, really, and Paris had already noted that it meant Janeway was concentrating on something, her mind light-years away.
1996 W. Shatner Return vi. 34 Dozens of light-years from the nearest star, it was simply a collection of asteroidal debris.
1998 G. Cox Assignment: Eternity ii. 21 Earth was hundreds of light-years away.
1999 M. J. Friedman My Brother's Keeper i. v. 56 At that very moment he was light-years from earth, probably too busy analyzing sensor readings to think about the plebe he had tortured at every turn.
1999 M. J. Friedman My Brother's Keeper iii. ii. 29 Even now, light-years removed from the experience.
1999 M. J. Friedman My Brother's Keeper ii. i. 13 The vast likelihood was that we would both die on that ball of mud fifty light-years from home.