Adjective "galactic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to a galaxy or galaxies, especially the galaxy containing the solar system.
  1. 'The galactic centre can only be observed at certain wavelengths, such as X-rays, because large amounts of dust lie in our line of sight and this blocks out optical light.'
  2. 'The galactic centre of our galaxy is one of Integral's prime targets.'
  3. 'Why, given its exceedingly smooth beginnings, is the universe so clumpy, on all scales from galaxies to galactic superclusters?'
  4. 'Our Milky Way galaxy is gobbling up its galactic neighbor, Sagittarius, and scientists this week offered documentary proof of this continuing cosmic cannibalism.'
  5. 'Other sources that contribute to the near-Earth space environment include galactic cosmic ray particles, which originate from outside of the solar system.'
  6. 'In fact, the Sun is at an optimal distance from the galactic centre, called the co-rotation radius.'
  7. 'A coil of a superconducting material could produce a substantial magnetic field, which could, in turn, deflect the energetic galactic cosmic radiation.'
  8. 'The space radiation environment encompasses a broad spectrum of radiation ranging from infra-red to galactic cosmic radiation.'
  9. 'It was possibly the most important observation but it was just personal observation to sample the glory and the majesty of the galactic plain and the centre of the galaxy.'
  10. 'If accurate, this new view of galactic demography might force astronomers to rethink the fundamentals of galaxy formation.'
  11. 'the south galactic pole'
  12. 'This map is plotted in galactic coordinates - the plane of the Milky Way galaxy passes across the middle of this chart with the zero point of galactic latitude and longitude pointing directly at the galactic centre.'


1. Astronomy. of or relating to a galaxy. of or relating to the Milky Way.

2. immense; huge; vast: a problem of galactic proportions.

3. Physiology. pertaining to or stimulating the secretion of milk.

More examples(as adjective)

"centres can be galactic."

"nuclei can be galactic."

"planes can be galactic."

"disks can be galactic."

"winds can be galactic."

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Mid 19th century: from Greek galaktias (variant of galaxias ‘galaxy’) + -ic.