cos·​mic | \ ˈkäz-mik How to pronounce cosmic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly cosmical \ ˈkäz-​mi-​kəl How to pronounce cosmical (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 cosmically (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 The signal was thought to be a telescope artifact, a trick of light masquerading as a cosmic curiosity. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "A Mysterious Rhythm Is Coming From Another Galaxy," 26 June 2020 But the Joker-Harley coupling mostly takes a back seat in season 2, which finds room for cosmic pop-ins from Darkseid (Michael Ironside) and a King Shark breakaway adventure that turns into a teasing Aquaman parody. Darren Franich,, "Harley Quinn needs so many more seasons," 25 June 2020 The cosmic merger was dubbed GW190814 and resulted in a final black hole about 25 times the mass of the sun, located about 800 million light-years from Earth. Fox News, "'Mystery object' spotted by astronomers changes talk of black holes, neutron stars," 24 June 2020 Although such work is not guaranteed to answer this question of cosmic quantumness, Doré thinks the time is right to contemplate the inquiry. Brendan Z. Foster, Scientific American, "Did Galaxies Grow from Quantum Static?," 17 June 2020 But kid-popular activities like cosmic bowling, catching the latest blockbuster flick, and going out to eat hold new risks this year. Michelle Z. Donahue, National Geographic, "Pools? Movies? Restaurants? How parents can give kids a safe summer," 15 June 2020 The more serious critiques of uncritical deference to expertise on the right seek to situate scientific inquiry more as an exercise of human capacities than a cosmic intrusion on human affairs. Ari Schulman, The New Republic, "The Coronavirus and the Right’s Scientific Counterrevolution," 15 June 2020 Gorham has been chasing cosmic neutrinos for most of his life. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "The Hunt Is On for Elusive Ghost Particles in Antarctica," 12 June 2020 On a computer screen that shows the display from the microscope, Trichoplax looks like a glowing, pulsing orb surrounded by cosmic protoplasm. Emily Underwood, The Atlantic, "The Search for the World’s Simplest Animal," 8 June 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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29 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cosmic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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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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