Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or relating to a magistrate; magisterial.
  • adj. Prepared as specified by a physician's prescription. Used of medicine.
  • adj. Principal; main: the magistral line of fortifications.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sovereign medicine or remedy.
  • n. A magistral line.
  • n. Powdered copper pyrites used in the amalgamation of ores of silver, as at the Spanish mines of Mexico and South America.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to a master; magisterial; authoritative; dogmatic.
  • adj. Commanded or prescribed by a magister, esp. by a doctor; hence, effectual; sovereign.
  • adj. Formulated extemporaneously, or for a special case; -- opposed to officinal, and said of prescriptions and medicines.
  • n. A sovereign medicine or remedy.
  • n. A magistral line.
  • n. Powdered copper pyrites used in the amalgamation of ores of silver, as at the Spanish mines of Mexico and South America.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Befitting a master or magistrate; magisterial; authoritative.
  • Having sovereign remedial qualities.
  • In pharmacy, prescribed or prepared for the occasion: applied to medicines which are not kept prepared or made up.
  • n. In alchemy and old medicine, a sovereign medicine or remedy.
  • n. In fortification, the guiding line from which the position of the other lines or works is determined.
  • n. An officer in cathedral and collegiate churches and royal chapels in Spain, generally a canon, whose duty it was to preach a certain course of sermons.
  • n. 4 (Sp. pron. ma-his-träl′ ). Copper pyrites or other sulphureted ores of copper roasted at a carefully regulated temperature with free access of air. It is used in the Mexican “patio process” (which see, under process).

Etymologies

Late Latin magistrālis, belonging to a master, from Latin magister, magistr-, former chief officer of a college.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French magistral, and its source, Latin magistrālis, from magister ("master"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And therefore the most real diversity of method is of method referred to use, and method referred to progression: whereof the one may be termed magistral, and the other of probation.

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  • La sala Emili Vives del Consell Comarcal del Montsià estava plena de gom a gom, disposada a escoltar el que fou una sessió magistral sobre el nou món social i participatiu a internet, centrat en la política però extrapolable a tots els camps vitals de tots nosaltres.

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  • La actitud de CNN en Español el domingo 28 cubriendo el golpe de Estado en Honduras es una clase magistral para estudiantes acerca del periodismo que desprestigia la profesión.

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  • August 19th, 2007 at 3: 14 am estoy con el “ojo cuadrado”, me impresiona ver la creatividad magistral de este artista. parecen tan reales!

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  • Toronto Star | A Space Odyssey's feuding fathers Reflectindo sobre a mais conhecida das obras de Arthur C. Clarke, a sua magistral colaboração com o cineasta Stanley Kubrick, que originou o mais perfeito dos filmes de ficção científica.

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  • Herman Melville, autor inesquecível graças à magistral obra que é Moby Dick descreve assim Talus, andróide criado pelo genial inventor Bannadonna para tocar os sinos da sua maravilhosa obra de arquitectura renascentista que é a torre sineira que dá o título ao conto The Bell Tower.

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  • Minister wet to lee, pour the Falernian and gear me chalices, ah by bitterest, the law's Postumia, you bet magistral, eh breezy kin a grape-loving breeziness.

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  • Therefore here is the deficience which I find, that physicians have not, partly out of their own practice, partly out of the constant probations reported in books, and partly out of the traditions of empirics, set down and delivered over certain experimental medicines for the cure of particular diseases, besides their own conjectural and magistral descriptions.

    The Advancement of Learning

  • Silver and gold are the only metals that have claimed the attention of the Californians, because they derive an advantage from their extraction, and not because there do not exist other metals less valuable, but which yield proportionably greater profit to the miners that undertake the exploration; these are lead, copper, iron, magistral, crystal of Roca, loadstone, and alum.

    Mexico and its Religion With Incidents of Travel in That Country During Parts of the Years 1851-52-53-54, and Historical Notices of Events Connected With Places Visited

  • Besides the precious metals, we find lead in Naica and Babisas, of the canton of Matamoros; copper, from which only _magistral_ is taken, is found in the canton of

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  • The opposite of officinal, describes medicines which an apothecary's has to cook up special; it's not normally kept in stock. Compounding pharmacies do this.

    December 19, 2007