Definition of galactic in English:

galactic

Line breaks: gal¦ac|tic
Pronunciation: /ɡəˈlaktɪk
 
/

adjective

1Relating to a galaxy or galaxies, especially the galaxy containing the solar system: the search for a black hole at the galactic centre
More example sentences
  • The galactic centre of our galaxy is one of Integral's prime targets.
  • Why, given its exceedingly smooth beginnings, is the universe so clumpy, on all scales from galaxies to galactic superclusters?
  • The cyclical nature of our weather changes point to the variables in our solar system and even galactic variations.
1.1 Astronomy Measured relative to the galactic equator: the south galactic pole
More example sentences
  • Out past Fomalhaut, toward the south galactic pole, the stars fade.
  • This map is plotted in galactic coordinates - the plane of the Milky Way galaxy passes across the middle of this chart with the zero point of galactic latitude and longitude pointing directly at the galactic centre.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Greek galaktias (variant of galaxias 'galaxy') + -ic.

Derivatives

galactically

adverb
More example sentences
  • After last year's galactically dismal showing, the big studios appear to have actually come up with some promising options for 2002.
  • Devin is a galactically renowned explorer and adventurer, captain, responsible for charting dozens of previously unknown worlds and systems.
  • Wrestling is silly, sometimes galactically so.

Definition of galactic in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day hypnopompic
Pronunciation: ˌhɪpnə(ʊ)ˈpɒmpɪk
adjective
relating to the state immediately preceding waking up