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astral

[as-truh l]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to or proceeding from the stars; stellar; star-shaped.
  2. Biology. pertaining to, consisting of, or resembling an aster; having a discoid, radiate flower head.
  3. Theosophy. noting a supersensible substance pervading all space and forming the substance of a second body (astral body) belonging to each individual. It accompanies the individual through life, is able to leave the human body at will, and survives the individual after death.
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Origin of astral

1595–1605; (< Middle French) < Late Latin astrālis, equivalent to Latin ast(rum) star (< Greek ástron) + -ālis -al1
Related formsas·tral·ly, adverbin·ter·as·tral, adjectivenon·as·tral, adjectivesub·as·tral, adjective
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  • He is in the astral now, thought Jones, who said: "She will have a much prettier one."

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • There are many unpleasant, as well as pleasant, sights on the Astral Plane.

    The Human Aura

    Swami Panchadasi

  • We shall see the part played by it in the astral colors as we proceed.

    The Human Aura

    Swami Panchadasi

  • We shall see the part played by it in the astral colors, as we proceed.

    The Human Aura

    Swami Panchadasi

  • Suppose it's all the work of an 'astral' who can't abide the light?

    The Shadow World

    Hamlin Garland


British Dictionary definitions for astral

astral

adjective
  1. relating to, proceeding from, consisting of, or resembling the starsan astral body
  2. biology of or relating to the aster occurring in dividing cells
  3. theosophy denoting or relating to a supposed supersensible substance believed to form the material of a second body for each person, taking the form of an aura discernible to certain gifted individuals
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Derived Formsastrally, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin astrālis, from Latin astrum star, from Greek astron
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Word Origin and History for astral

adj.

"pertaining to the stars," c.1600, from Late Latin astralis, from Latin astrum "star," from Greek astron (see astro-). Meaning "pertaining to supersensible substances" is from 1690s, popularized late 19c. in Theosophy.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

astral in Medicine

astral

(ăstrəl)
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, emanating from, or resembling the stars.
  2. Of, relating to, or shaped like the mitotic aster; having the shape of an astrosphere; star-shaped.
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astral in Science

astral

[ăstrəl]
  1. Relating to or coming from the stars; stellar.
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