ga·lac·tic | \gə-ˈlak-tik \

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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Helmi and her team used this data to conclude that the Milky Way’s inner region contains hints of debris from an ancient galactic impact. Ramin Skibba, WIRED, "This Galactic Collision Shaped the History of the Milky Way," 8 July 2018 Although hundreds of galactic gravitational lenses are known, only a few are sufficiently close by to allow their individual stars to be seen. Maya Miller, Scientific American, "Einstein’s Greatest Theory Validated on a Galactic Scale," 22 June 2018 Additional sky surveys, and refined measurements of the farthest disk stars, will continue to dial in the border of our galactic neighborhood of the cosmos. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The Milky Way Galaxy Might Be Twice as Wide as Astronomers Thought," 13 June 2018 Many of our models for dark matter predict a hierarchy of structures—halos of dark matter in and around galactic clusters and individual galaxies that hold them together. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Dark matter halos may leave twinkling wake in galaxies," 31 May 2018 Previously, it was thought that the sun orbits the center of our galaxy at about half the galactic radius. David Freeman /, NBC News, "The Milky Way galaxy may be much bigger than we thought," 25 May 2018 But even if Johnson's upcoming trilogy or the new animated series Star Wars: Resistance explores virgin territory, the next creators will be beholden to that galactic history. Brendan Nystedt, WIRED, "Solo: A Star Wars Story," 29 May 2018 On Sunday these underdogs face the galactic titans of France, the France of Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante. John Kass,, "Joy of Chicago's Croatians cresting as World Cup final with France approaches," 13 July 2018 To say this changed the world would be an understatement of galactic proportions. Mark Sappenfield, The Christian Science Monitor, "The largest patriotism," 3 July 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of galactic

: of or relating to a galaxy galactic light

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