Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the regions of the universe distinct from the Earth.
  • adj. Infinitely or inconceivably extended; vast: "a coming together of heads of government to take up the cosmic business of nationsā€ ( Meg Greenfield).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or from or pertaining to the cosmos or universe.
  • adj. Infinitely or inconceivably extended; vast

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to the universe, and having special reference to universal law or order, or to the one grand harmonious system of things; hence; harmonious; orderly.
  • adj. Pertaining to the solar system as a whole, and not to the earth alone.
  • adj. Characteristic of the cosmos or universe; inconceivably great; vast.
  • adj. Rising or setting with the sun; -- the opposite of acronycal.
  • adj. of unsurpassed size, extent, or significance; vast.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the universe, especially to the universe regarded as subject to a harmonious system of laws.
  • Hence Pertaining to universal order; harmonious, as the universe; orderly: the opposite of chaotic.
  • Forming a part of the material universe, especially of what lies outside of the solar system.
  • In astronomy, visible for the first time before sunrise: only in the phrase the cosmical setting of a star.
  • Inconceivably prolonged or protracted, like the periods of time required for the development of great astronomical changes; immeasurably extended in space; universal in extent.
  • Of or pertaining to cosmism: as, the cosmic philosophy.
  • n. A name proposed by H. L. Fairchild, in accordance with the new planetesimal hypothesis, for the primitive massive rocks.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. inconceivably extended in space or time
  • adj. of or from or pertaining to or characteristic of the cosmos or universe

Etymologies

Greek kosmikos, from kosmos, universe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The term cosmic consciousness as well describes this condition of the disciple, as any words can, perhaps, although the term liberation is more literal, since the influx of this state of being, is actually the liberation of the _atman_, the eternal Self, from the illusion of the external, or _maya_.

    Cosmic Consciousness

  • Although my parents were orthodox Jews, the Holocaust had severely tested their belief in the God of Abraham and the idea of what I call cosmic justice which in biblical terms equates to heaven and hell.

    Sheldon Drobny: The Concept of Cosmic Justice

  • And so, I have my first slide to talk about the dawning of the universe and what I call the cosmic scene investigation, that is, looking at the relics of creation and inferring what happened at the beginning, and then following it up and trying to understand it.

    George Smoot on the design of the universe

  • The Ahriman of Huxley, the principle of evil, is what he termed the cosmic process, that great play of forces, by which, in a ruthless struggle for existence, the fittest (by which is meant the most suited to the surrounding conditions and not necessarily the ethically best) have survived at the expense of the less fit.

    Thomas Henry Huxley A Sketch Of His Life And Work

  • So that when the Cylons come back and nuke the humans, there is a certain cosmic payback. jb

    A BSG Prediction

  • Among his research papers one finds included, the discovery of neutral pions in cosmic rays (together with J. Hooper and D.T. King at Bristol University, England) and the first systematic study of antiproton annihilations (together with research groups at the University of California, Berkeley, USA).

    CV of Gösta Ekspong

  • Only remain cosmic force and matter, ever in flux, ever acting and reacting and realizing the eternal types-the priest, the soldier, and the king.

    Page 5

  • If you remove that one argument, that the land belongs in cosmic truth to the Palestinians, and no logic or arbitration can undo that, then all other arguments fall to the ground rapidly.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Birnbaum on Human Rights Watch and Israel

  • There is a certain cosmic justice in what has happened to Huckabee's career.

    HuckPAC coordinator steps down, citing clemency decision

  • By a strange twist of fate, she finds herself caught up in cosmic time travel with the oddball Doctor Who.

    Archive 2008-04-01

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