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 Lynch summarizes the galactic stakes of Dune in an opening monologue delivered by a young Virginia Madsen playing Princess Irulan. Jill Krajewski, Vulture, "David Lynch’s Dune Is a Beautiful Sci-fi Disaster," 29 Mar. 2021 From Suzman’s galactic perspective, there’s disappointingly little to say about labor. Daniel Immerwahr, The New Republic, "Paleo Con," 24 Mar. 2021 It is known as a type II Seyfert galaxy, with an active galactic nucleus, according to NASA. Julia Musto, Fox News, "NASA's Chandra Observatory looking at barred spiral galaxy 86 million light-years away," 11 Mar. 2021 But in the aftermath of the May 2019 merger, an active galactic nucleus in the same region of the sky doubled in brightness. Scott Hershberger, Scientific American, "Astronomers May Have Glimpsed Light from Merging Black Holes," 1 July 2020 The middle of the collection enters the doldrums when Lightman’s essays give too much attention to his personal life and lose a sense of galactic wonder. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Cosmic grandeur pervades Alan Lightman’s ‘Probable Impossibilities’," 16 Mar. 2021 After granting the human race these structures and their accompanying insights, the aliens abruptly departed, leaving Earthlings to extrapolate science and culture from their galactic gifts. Patrick Lyons, Billboard, "10 Ways That Daft Punk's 'Discovery' Predicted Pop Music's Future, As Explained by Fellow Artists," 12 Mar. 2021 Observing galactic supernovae could help resolve challenging, fundamental questions in physics, Kasliwal says. James Riordon, Scientific American, "New Supernova Alert System Promises Early Access to Spectacles in Space," 22 Feb. 2021 The weakening of the magnetic field meant that more space weather, such as solar flares and galactic cosmic rays, could head to Earth. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Reversal of Earth's magnetic poles may have triggered Neanderthal extinction -- and it could happen again," 19 Feb. 2021

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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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2 Apr 2021

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“Galactic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 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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