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astral

[as-truh l]
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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Examples from the Web for astrally

Historical Examples

  • He was vaguely aware that he had been astrally scratched across the nose.

    The Purple Heights

    Marie Conway Oemler

  • Thinking it was "strongly unusual," I silently placed the astrally scented blossom under her nostrils.

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda


British Dictionary definitions for astrally

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 astrally

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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astrally 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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astrally in Science

astral

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