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

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The strict color palette of black, white, gold, and greenery lent itself naturally to a deco feel—coupled with the subtle galactic motifs. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, " Beauty Director Jenna Rosenstein Mixed Art Deco with a Star Wars Obsession for her Wedding in Miami Beach," 11 July 2019 Throughout the course of the show, the sphere’s original animations will include everything from the tiniest of molecules to immense galactic forms. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Eric Prydz is going to DJ inside a giant glowing sphere — here’s how it was made," 9 July 2019 The movie also suggests that the Marvel movies will become increasingly galactic. Time, "What the Ending of Spider-Man: Far From Home Means for the Future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe," 2 July 2019 And an abundance of stars and gas obscures our view of the galactic center. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Scientists weighed all the mass in the Milky Way galaxy. It’s mind-boggling.," 27 June 2019 Taken together, the photos show how galactic appearance can alter when viewed through various wavelengths of light. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Here's the Whirlpool Galaxy in Four Stunning Photos," 27 June 2019 But the theme park announced that other crowd-control measures might be deployed next week to keep the 14-acre land from becoming a crush of people of galactic proportions. David Lazarus,, "California Inc.: Tech giants aim not to repeat Microsoft’s antitrust mistakes," 24 June 2019 Cosmologists can probe this force through galactic clusters, whose distribution encodes the structure and history of the Universe. Davide Castelvecchi, Scientific American, "New Space Telescope Will Map the Universe in High-energy X-rays," 17 June 2019 The galactic center shines too brightly, like the glow of a metropolis at night where maps show only a town. Quanta Magazine, "Dark Matter Gets a Reprieve in New Analysis," 29 Apr. 2019

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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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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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