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[koz-mik] /ˈkɒz mɪk/
of or relating to the cosmos:
cosmic laws.
characteristic of the cosmos or its phenomena:
cosmic events.
immeasurably extended in time and space; vast.
forming a part of the material universe, especially outside of the earth.
Also, cosmical.
Origin of cosmic
1640-50; < Greek kosmikós worldly, universal, equivalent to kósm(os) world, arrangement + -ikos -ic
Related forms
[koz-mi-kal-i-tee] /ˌkɒz mɪˈkæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
cosmically, adverb
intercosmic, adjective
noncosmic, adjective
noncosmically, adverb
precosmic, adjective
precosmical, adjective
precosmically, adverb
3. immense, enormous, stupendous. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cosmical
Historical Examples
  • The mythical or cosmical element reminds us of the Timaeus, the ideal of the Republic.

    Statesman Plato
  • He could not see the source of the great roaring—the roaring of some cosmical cataract.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • It is a fundamental, a cosmical, a world-transforming change.

  • That the "cosmical" law is "the weakest must go to the wall" is generally conceded.

  • For no one denies that some benefit may result from the present cosmical structure.

    Theism or Atheism Chapman Cohen
  • Empedokles cannot claim to introduce then the agency of the cosmical revolution.

    Aristotle George Grote
  • This is an achievement that measures up to the cosmical standard.

    Curiosities of the Sky Garrett Serviss
  • Indeed, it was the wreck of all cosmical beauty there within.

    Cape Cod Henry D. Thoreau
  • Light is a result, and an expression, of the energy of cosmical life.

    Astronomy with an Opera-glass Garrett Putman Serviss
  • Yet this phenomenon is to a great extent under the control of cosmical laws.

    Meteorology J. G. M'Pherson
British Dictionary definitions for cosmical


of or relating to the whole universe: cosmic laws
occurring or originating in outer space, esp as opposed to the vicinity of the earth, the solar system, or the local galaxy: cosmic rays
immeasurably extended in space or time; vast
(rare) harmonious
Derived Forms
cosmically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for cosmical



1640s, from cosmo- + -ic. Originally "of this world" (which was the sense of Greek kosmikos); meaning "of the universe" is from 1846. Cosmical is attested from 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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cosmical in Science
Relating to the universe or the objects in it.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
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Slang definitions & phrases for cosmical



Powerfully wonderful; excellent: pay-perview is cosmic

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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