as·​tral | \ ˈas-trəl How to pronounce astral (audio) \

Definition of astral

1 : of, relating to, or coming from the stars astral influences unusual astral occurrences
2 : of or relating to a mitotic or meiotic aster
3 : of or consisting of a supersensible substance held in theosophy to be next above the tangible world in refinement
4a : visionary
b : elevated in station or position : exalted

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astrally \ -​trə-​lē How to pronounce astrally (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for astral


star, starry, stellar

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Examples of astral in a Sentence

gave the astronomy students the assignment of charting astral movement for the next month after his film became an unexpected blockbuster, the director was suddenly welcome in the most astral circles of Hollywood society

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Far from any light pollution, this vast swath of blue is the ultimate canvas for astral artwork. Jonathan Irish, National Geographic, "10 Dazzling Celestial Displays—and Where to See Them," 8 Apr. 2019 The video was actually filmed at the Zeiss Planetarium in Berlin, hence the astral themes, and shot by director Anouk Rhode. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Maisie Williams Stars in Alice Phoebe Lou's Stellar "Galaxies" Video," 6 May 2019 So how did an astral voyager manage to claw his way to the top of a cutthroat business? Alex Williams, New York Times, "Woody Harrelson, Rogue Number One," 26 May 2018 One of 2018’s most important astral events occurs on Wednesday, September 12 when generous Jupiter links ups with Pluto for the third and final time in a series. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's September 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Aug. 2018 The two-dimensional works, painted on aluminum and on wooden slabs, more closely resemble astral fireworks or pools of microscopic life. Cate Mcquaid,, "Seeing the heavens in a cut of wood," 11 July 2018 Mother’s Day is sort of astral, all violins and choirs, fancy brunches and armfuls of flowers. Chris Erskine,, "For Father's Day, all we want is a good old game of catch," 15 June 2018 This is the first step to astral projection, the ability to willfully manifest out-of-body experiences. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "How to Tap Into Your Own Psychic Abilities," 2 July 2018 And just when Kylo and Rey are getting close (albeit via astral projection), Uncle Luke busts in and ruins the mood. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "We've got a good feeling about this: It's time for 'Star Wars' to have a sex scene," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of astral

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for astral

Late Latin astralis, from Latin astrum star, from Greek astron

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English Language Learners Definition of astral

technical : of or relating to the stars
: involving a person's spirit rather than the body


as·​tral | \ ˈas-trəl How to pronounce astral (audio) \

Medical Definition of astral

: of or relating to a mitotic or meiotic aster

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