galactic

[ guh-lak-tik ]
/ gəˈlæk tɪk /

adjective

Astronomy.
  1. of or relating to a galaxy.
  2. of or relating to the Milky Way.
immense; huge; vast: a problem of galactic proportions.
Physiology. pertaining to or stimulating the secretion of milk.

Origin of galactic

First recorded in 1830–40, galactic is from the Greek word galaktikós milky. See galact-, -ic
Related formsnon·ga·lac·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for galactic

galactic

/ (ɡəˈlæktɪk) /

adjective

astronomy of or relating to a galaxy, esp the Galaxythe galactic plane
med of or relating to milk

Word Origin for galactic

C19: from Greek galaktikos; see galaxy
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Word Origin and History for galactic

galactic


adj.

1839, "of the Milky Way," from Late Latin galacticus, from galaxias (see galaxy). In modern scientific sense "pertaining to (our) galaxy," from 1849.

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Medicine definitions for galactic

galactic

[ gə-lăktĭk ]

adj.

Relating to milk.
Promoting the flow of milk.
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