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[in-ter-stel-er] /ˌɪn tərˈstɛl ər/
Astronomy. situated or occurring between the stars:
interstellar dust.
Origin of interstellar
First recorded in 1620-30; inter- + stellar Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He couldn't tell an interplanetary ship from an interstellar.

    Runaway William Morrison
  • There was no such thing as interstellar signaling, of course.

    Sand Doom William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • He knocked again—no light nor sound; again—only interstellar quiet.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Three, there'd be no interstellar supply line for the Stretts to cut.

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
  • You would get nowhere, even if you had an interstellar drive right now.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
British Dictionary definitions for interstellar


conducted, or existing between two or more stars
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Word Origin and History for interstellar

1620s, "situated between the stars," from inter- + stellar.

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