interstellar

adjective
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

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But interstellar exploration isn't supposed to be easy. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Interstellar Travel Requires a Long-Term Approach (and Humans Are Too Impatient)," 10 Aug. 2018 The Orville, Seth MacFarlane's warm homage to the Star Trek franchise, delighted viewers with the interstellar adventures of the crew aboard the titular starship. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The Orville blends science fiction and science fact into a winning mix," 29 Dec. 2018 Scientists reported Monday that this interstellar resident is an asteroid sharing Jupiter's orbit but circling in the opposite direction. Marcia Dunn, chicagotribune.com, "An asteroid from another star system is flying backwards in Jupiter's orbit, scientists say," 21 May 2018 On the set Previous SlideNext Slide A means of interstellar travel is the first scientific challenge any show like The Orville faces. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The Orville blends science fiction and science fact into a winning mix," 29 Dec. 2018 But the jets eventually broke free into interstellar space. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Faster Than Light? Neutron-Star Merger Shot Out a Jet with Seemingly Impossible Speed," 5 Sep. 2018 The best books of this year told stories of interstellar colonization, of fantastic magical civilizations, optimistic alternate worlds, and devastating potential futures. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Our favorite science fiction and fantasy books of 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Stories like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and The Garden of Rama feature planets around Barnard’s star as way stations for interstellar travelers. Loren Grush, The Verge, "A cold ‘super-Earth’ may live around a nearby star," 14 Nov. 2018 Our view of this hyperactive region is obscured by interstellar dust particles, which together absorb virtually every photon streaking toward Earth. Alan Hirshfeld, WSJ, "Book Review: Feeling Gravity’s Pull," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of interstellar

1626, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of interstellar was in 1626

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interstellar

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of interstellar

: existing or occurring between stars

interstellar

adjective
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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