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 There was an earlier hint suggesting activity around this current event in 2016, when observations made using Chandra revealed a possible explosion in the galactic cluster. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Biggest explosion in the universe spotted by astronomers," 27 Feb. 2020 Fans who want to experience the galactic universe can now do so at the immersive Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland in Southern California and Disney World in Orlando. Susan B. Barnes, Condé Nast Traveler, "Star Wars Day at Sea Brings the Force to Your Disney Cruise," 6 Feb. 2020 The vast majority of exoplanet surveys have stuck to either stars closely neighboring the sun or those farther off, in the direction of the Milky Way’s central galactic bulge. Conor Purcell, Scientific American, "Future Gravitational-Wave Detectors Could Find Exoplanets, Too," 8 July 2019 Last year, researchers in Japan posited that planets could form in the cold disk of gas and dust that exists at some distance around a galactic center. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Could a habitable planet orbit a black hole?," 4 Feb. 2020 Regardless of how much heat comes down to turbulence, researchers hope to further study filaments for their role in tying the whole galactic cycle together. Quanta Magazine, "Astronomers Find Black Holes Stirring Up the Biggest Galaxies," 12 Dec. 2019 Layer by layer, Cory will show guests how to bring an abstract, galactic Rafiki to life. cleveland, "Avon Lake tattoo studio plans for Grand Opening celebration Feb. 14: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 24 Jan. 2020 Astronomers continued to search for neutral hydrogen signals from the universe’s pre-galactic dark age. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 20 Jan. 2020 There’s a technical failure that causes the the Avenue 5 to basically skid off its galactic tracks, and to get back to its orbit will take years. Gina Vaynshteyn,, "You May Want To Thank Fyre Festival & Elizabeth Holmes For HBO’s Avenue 5," 19 Jan. 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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14 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Galactic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Apr. 2020.

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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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