- pertaining to, consisting of, or representing the earth as distinct from other planets.
- of or relating to land as distinct from water.
- growing on land; not aquatic.
- growing in the ground; not epiphytic or aerial.
- Zoology. living on or in the ground; not aquatic, arboreal, or aerial.
- of or relating to the earth or this world; worldly; mundane.
- an inhabitant of the earth, especially a human being.
Origin of terrestrial
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Related Wordstelluric, terrene, earthy, global, mundane, physical, profane, prosaic, secular, temporal, worldly, earthbound, sublunary, subsolar
Examples from the Web for terrestrial
This is especially true of the ocean, where impacts are less obvious than for terrestrial systems.‘Mission Blue’ Warning: The Ocean Is Not Too Big to Fail
Sylvia A. Earle
August 15, 2014
As the critic Dave Hickey famously said, let art be “frivolous” enough to move us at a terrestrial level.The Myth of the Tortured Artist
January 4, 2014
The license from 2005 for LightSquared was explicitly for phones that used both satellite and terrestrial networks.Philip Falcone: Billionaire on the Brink
April 16, 2012
“In January the commission said LightSquared could use its license for exclusive terrestrial purposes,” he said.White House’s Testimony ‘Guidance’
September 20, 2011
Do you feel, yet, that you belong to this terrestrial scheme again, Mr. Darnay?A Tale of Two Cities
Ambition is surely the most foolish and misjudging of all terrestrial passions.Imogen
Galusha was following a terrestrial route in the same direction.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
But the terrestrial agent felt that in this scene of luxury there was a menace.
"I demand to see the terrestrial consul," Sime said, getting out.
- of or relating to the earth
- of or belonging to the land as opposed to the sea or air
- (of animals and plants) living or growing on the land
- earthly, worldly, or mundane
- (of television signals) sent over the earth's surface from a transmitter on land, rather than by satellite
- an inhabitant of the earth
Word Origin and History for terrestrial
early 15c., from Latin terrestris "earthly," from terra "earth" (see terrain). Originally opposed to celestial; natural history sense of "living on land" is attested from 1630s. The noun meaning "a human being, a mortal" is recorded from 1590s.
- Relating to Earth or its inhabitants.
- Relating to, living on, or growing on land.