ga·​lac·​tic | \ gə-ˈlak-tik How to pronounce galactic (audio) \

Definition of galactic

1 : of or relating to a galaxy and especially the Milky Way galaxy
2 : huge a galactic sum of money

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Examples of galactic in a Sentence

a galactic serving of soda that would have been enough for three moviegoers
Recent Examples on the Web Because they are charged, they can be deflected away from Earth by galactic magnetic fields. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, 15 July 2021 For some fans of the Force, this galactic event may still seem like Christmas in July, given the theme of the festivities, which kick off at 7:30 p.m. Jen Banowetz,, 12 July 2021 To compensate them, space-tourism companies must also offer the potential of left-field gains on a galactic scale. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, 12 July 2021 Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ Heading back into space to check in on our favorite galactic jerks, the sequel reveals that Star-Lord’s dad Ego (Kurt Russell) is a god-like Celestial with designs on universal consumption. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 7 July 2021 Set in a futuristic galactic empire, Foundation tells the story of Dr. Hari Seldon (Jared Harris), who predicts the fall of the Empire and takes a band of followers to establish a new society at the edge of the galaxy, christening it The Foundation. Claire Shaffer, Rolling Stone, 28 June 2021 The Sun, in turn, like all of the hundreds of billions of stars in the galaxy, orbit around the galactic center, while the entire galaxy itself spins about the central bulge. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 15 June 2021 This busy, high-energy galactic center is 26,000 light years away. Marcia Dunn, Chron, 28 May 2021 The galactic graveyard poster showcases an old galaxy where star birth suddenly halted just a few billion years after the big bang. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of galactic

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for galactic

borrowed from New Latin galacticus (taken as derivative of Galaxias "Milky Way"), borrowed from Greek galaktikós "milky," from galakt-, gála "milk" + -ikos -ic entry 1 — more at galaxy

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The first known use of galactic was in 1839

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galactic coordinate

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19 Jul 2021

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“Galactic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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ga·​lac·​tic | \ gə-ˈlak-tik How to pronounce galactic (audio) \

Kids Definition of galactic

: of or relating to a galaxy galactic light

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