cos·​mic | \ ˈkäz-mik How to pronounce cosmic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly cosmical \ ˈkäz-​mi-​kəl How to pronounce cosmic (audio) \

Definition of cosmic

1a : of or relating to the cosmos, the extraterrestrial vastness, or the universe in contrast to the earth alone cosmic radiation
b : of, relating to, or concerned with abstract spiritual or metaphysical (see metaphysical sense 2) ideas cosmic wisdom
2 : characterized by greatness especially in extent, intensity, or comprehensiveness a cosmic thinker a book of cosmic significance

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cosmically \ ˈkäz-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cosmic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of cosmic in a Sentence

The discovery caused a cosmic shift in people's views of the world. predicted that the war would forever be regarded as a cosmic error
Recent Examples on the Web Align with this cosmic give-and-take by doing something practical or helpful to feel more rooted within your community, friendships, or a cause. Tarot Astrologers,, "Daily horoscope for December 31, 2020," 31 Dec. 2020 Bask in the collective cosmic energy of their expertise and consider implementing some of these insightful practices into your own routine at the close of this season. Sydney Gore, Vogue, "How to Let Go of 2020 and Honor the New Year," 30 Dec. 2020 An impressive cosmic huddle will greet sky-watchers around the globe as four worlds cluster in the southeast morning sky. Andrew Fazekas, Science, "10 spectacular stargazing events to watch in 2021," 29 Dec. 2020 But the possibility that the star just slipped away on little cosmic cat feet would be so 2020. oregonlive, "The bird vote, Mr. Peanut’s shock sacrifice, Spike Lee’s Viagra: 10 of the strangest stories of 2020," 27 Dec. 2020 Then one went off in our very own Milky Way, our cosmic backyard. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "The best space stories of 2020," 25 Dec. 2020 Scientists had used the telescope to study pulsars to detect gravitational waves as well as search for neutral hydrogen, which can reveal how certain cosmic structures are formed. Dánica Coto, USA TODAY, "'A huge loss': Massive Puerto Rico radio telescope used for astronomical discoveries collapses," 2 Dec. 2020 This observation hints that these objects, far from being mere astrophysical arcana, are perhaps the universe’s most crucial building blocks for large-scale cosmic structures. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "Black Hole Scientists Win Nobel Prize in Physics," 6 Oct. 2020 Rather than fall on our spinning globe’s deep ocean, the cosmic roulette ball happened to hit shallow water in what is now the Gulf of Mexico, excavating huge quantities of pulverized rock that darkened the sky and greatly worsened the disaster. Andrew Crumey, WSJ, "Chance of a Lifetime," 2 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of cosmic

1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cosmic

Greek kosmikos, from kosmos order, universe

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The first known use of cosmic was in 1685

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13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Cosmic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce cosmic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of cosmic

: of or relating to the universe or outer space
: relating to spiritual matters
: very large or important


cos·​mic | \ ˈkäz-mik How to pronounce cosmic (audio) \

Kids Definition of cosmic

: of or relating to the whole universe

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