in·​ter·​stel·​lar | \ ˌin-tər-ˈste-lər How to pronounce interstellar (audio) \

Definition of interstellar

: located, taking place, or traveling among the stars especially of the Milky Way galaxy

Examples of interstellar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Or an interstellar academy for aliens to learn about the Earth. Sydney Franklin, The Enquirer, 5 Aug. 2022 Ghost is an interstellar battle cruiser of the imagination. Mark Ewing, Forbes, 3 July 2022 His name was Buzz Lightyear, defender of decency and good dentistry throughout the cosmos, and thanks to his chemistry with a cowpoke named Woody, this popular (and highly merchandisable) plastic-fantastic hero became an interstellar superstar. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 13 June 2022 With a spaceship built, players can not only blast off into space but also contend with interstellar combat. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 12 June 2022 Chris Hemsworth is back as the Norse god, this time in the midst of an interstellar identity crisis. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, 19 May 2022 According to the agency, while the spacecraft is continuing to return science data, readouts from the probe’s attitude articulation and control system (AACS) don't reflect what's actually happening onboard the interstellar explorer. Julia Musto, Fox News, 19 May 2022 Radio waves sail through the galactic plane unimpeded, but they’re obscured by the veil’s second layer—the scattering screen, a turbulent patch of space where density variations in the interstellar medium knock radio waves slightly off course. Seth Fletcher, Scientific American, 12 May 2022 But ionized electrons and protons in interstellar space scatter the radio waves into a blur that obscures details of the source. New York Times, 12 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of interstellar

1626, in the meaning defined above

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8 Aug 2022

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“Interstellar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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in·​ter·​stel·​lar | \ ˌin-tər-ˈste-lər How to pronounce interstellar (audio) \

Kids Definition of interstellar

: existing or taking place among the stars interstellar gases

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