astronomical

adjective
as·​tro·​nom·​i·​cal | \ ˌa-strə-ˈnä-mi-kəl How to pronounce astronomical (audio) \
variants: or less commonly astronomic \ ˌa-​strə-​ˈnä-​mik How to pronounce astronomic (audio) \

Definition of astronomical

1 : of or relating to astronomy astronomical observations
2 : enormously or inconceivably large or great astronomical numbers an astronomical price

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Other Words from astronomical

astronomically \ ˌa-​strə-​ˈnä-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce astronomically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of astronomical in a Sentence

The cost of the office building was astronomical. We got an astronomical telephone bill this month.
Recent Examples on the Web This and similar statistics are what allow so many college students to think of their loans not as astronomical debts but as investments in their future. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "How the Coronavirus Pandemic Has Shattered the Myth of College in America," 28 Apr. 2020 Our rent’s astronomical, our overheads are sky-high. Maithreyi Seetharaman, Fortune, "The Coronavirus Economy: How a master dog trainer to influential Londoners is handling business during the pandemic," 22 Apr. 2020 Chirayath developed FluidCam, which images the shallow sea floor using astronomical techniques to correct for wave distortions. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Ice-tracking space laser could also map sea floor and monitor health of coral reefs," 14 Apr. 2020 At the same time, climate change continued largely unchecked, and the pay of those who caused the crisis in the financial sector remained astronomical. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "Corbynism Will Outlast Jeremy Corbyn," 4 Apr. 2020 Thomas said it’s possible that sellers are pocketing only a slight markup but that with multiple middlemen involved in a single deal, the price ends up being astronomical. Los Angeles Times, "Suppliers cash in as California taxpayers hit with wildly inflated prices for masks," 23 Apr. 2020 The infection rate at Rikers and other prisons has been astronomical due to challenges with social distancing, lack of available running water, lack of soap, and low supply of tissues and toilet paper, according to The Marshall Project. Rosy Cordero, PEOPLE.com, "JAY-Z and Meek Mill Donate over 100,000 Masks to Prisons to Prevent Coronavirus Spread," 6 Apr. 2020 The infection rate at Riker's and other prisons has been astronomical due to challenges with social distancing, lack of available running water, lack of soap, and low supply of tissues and toilet paper, according to The Marshall Project. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Jay-Z and Meek Mill donate over 100,000 masks to prisons to prevent coronavirus spread," 5 Apr. 2020 The costs of health care to treat heart disease and stroke are astronomical, and the economic losses from disability and early death are even higher. Dr. Tom Frieden, CNN, "What you can do right now to evade America's No. 1 killer," 22 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of astronomical

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for astronomical

see astronomy

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11 May 2020

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“Astronomical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/astronomical. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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astronomical

adjective
How to pronounce astronomical (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of astronomical

: of or relating to astronomy
: extremely large

astronomical

adjective
as·​tro·​nom·​i·​cal | \ ˌa-strə-ˈnä-mi-kəl How to pronounce astronomical (audio) \
variants: or astronomic \ -​ik \

Kids Definition of astronomical

1 : of or relating to astronomy astronomical research
2 : extremely or unbelievably large The cost was astronomical.

Other Words from astronomical

astronomically adverb an astronomically large amount

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