Definitions of terrestrial

  1. operating or living or growing on land
  2. concerned with the world or worldly matters; " mundane affairs"; " he developed an immense terrestrial practicality"
  3. of or relating to or characteristic of the planet Earth or its inhabitants; " planetary rumblings and eructations"- L. C. Eiseley ; " the planetary tilt"; " this terrestrial ball"
  4. of this earth; " transcendental motives for sublunary actions"; " fleeting sublunary pleasures"; " the nearest to an angelic being that treads this terrestrial ball"
  5. Of or pertaining to the earth; existing on the earth; earthly; as, terrestrial animals.
  6. Representing, or consisting of, the earth; as, a terrestrial globe.
  7. Of or pertaining to the world, or to the present state; sublunary; mundane.
  8. Consisting of land, in distinction from water; belonging to, or inhabiting, the land or ground, in distinction from trees, water, or the like; as, terrestrial serpents.
  9. Adapted for the observation of objects on land and on the earth; as, a terrestrial telescope, in distinction from an astronomical telescope.
  10. An inhabitant of the earth.
  11. Terrestrially.
  12. Pertaining to or existing on the earth: earthly: representing the earth.
  13. Pertaining to the earth; earthly; representing the earth.
  14. Belonging to the earth.
  15. Pertaining to or living on the land.
  16. Pertaining to the earth; existing on the earth; consisting of earth or land; pertaining to this world: sublunary.
  17. Existing on the earth; pert. to the world or the present state; opposed to celestial.
  18. Animals living on the surface of the ground, as opp. aerial, aquatic.

Usage examples for terrestrial

  1. She was once again interested in things terrestrial. – A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties by Charles Major
  2. From this vantage ground of thought the human soul comes to look without dread upon the termination of this terrestrial existence. – Life Everlasting by John Fiske
  3. But since they have seen an electric battery and an arc light, they should be ashamed to ever declare " the sun is hotter than any terrestrial furnace," or that it is hot at all. – The Universe a Vast Electric Organism by George Woodward Warder
  4. Meanwhile Napoleon, having failed to bend the Church of Rome to his will, was preparing for another campaign against terrestrial powers. – The Letter-Bag of Lady Elizabeth Spencer-Stanhope v. I. by A. M. W. Stirling (compiler)
  5. These objects and powers, celestial and terrestrial, which force themselves most on men's attention, have some of them several proper names, identified with those of different individuals, born at different places, and having different sets of adventures. – Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I by Herbert Spencer
  6. I supposed for a moment that you were referring to the- er- terrestrial globe. – The Mayor of Troy by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  7. M. Comte should not have placed the laws of terrestrial gravity under Physics. – Auguste Comte and Positivism by John-Stuart Mill
  8. As regards the terrestrial reptiles, the case is somewhat different. – The History of the European Fauna by R. F. Scharff
  9. Suppose the whole action to be terrestrial. – The Shadow World by Hamlin Garland
  10. It is the absence- and not only the absence, but the ignoring of the possibility- of such analysis which tempts one to rebel against such phrases as those of Professor Gates: " the splendid and victorious womanhood of Titian's Madonnas," " the gentle and terrestrial grace of motherhood in those of Andrea del Sarto," the " sweetly ordered comeliness of Van Dyck's." – The Psychology of Beauty by Ethel D. Puffer
  11. It must be the food of the gods if anything, for, so far as I have observed, nothing terrestrial eats it, not even billy- goats. – A Year in the Fields by John Burroughs
  12. They fell back before the onslaught of the infuriated Terrestrial, leaving eight of their number dead or dying with crashed skulls and broken ribs and arms. – The Copper-Clad World by Harl Vincent
  13. It is permitted to the Eye of thy Reason to seek food, and to thy hands by their labour to get food for the terrestrial body. – Dialogues on the Supersensual Life by Jacob Behmen
  14. In terrestrial organisms, the contrast becomes extremely marked. – Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I by Herbert Spencer
  15. Terrestrial years, of course. – Rebels of the Red Planet by Charles Louis Fontenay
  16. You mean, because you're a terrestrial agent? – Rebels of the Red Planet by Charles Louis Fontenay
  17. And I like our methods better than terrestrial dogma. – No Charge for Alterations by Horace Leonard Gold
  18. This, again, will not hold water; for in the purely terrestrial and even sensual departments of life, such as love and lust, the medieval princes show the same mad promises and performances, the same misshapen imagination and the same monstrous self- sacrifice. – The Defendant by G.K. Chesterton
  19. In stature and mental power he was a Jovian, in all else he was a Terrestrial. – Giants on the Earth by Sterner St. Paul Meek
  20. You're a terrestrial agent and, as such, you put me under arrest. – Rebels of the Red Planet by Charles Louis Fontenay