Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to a magistrate; magisterial.
  • adjective Prepared as specified by a physician's prescription. Used of medicine.
  • adjective Principal; main.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun In alchemy and old medicine, a sovereign medicine or remedy.
  • noun In fortification, the guiding line from which the position of the other lines or works is determined.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to a master; magisterial; authoritative; dogmatic.
  • adjective Commanded or prescribed by a magister, esp. by a doctor; hence, effectual; sovereign.
  • adjective (Pharmacy) Formulated extemporaneously, or for a special case; -- opposed to officinal, and said of prescriptions and medicines.
  • adjective (Fort.) the guiding line, or outline, by which the form of the work is determined. It is usually the crest line of the parapet in fieldworks, or the top line of the escarp in permanent fortifications.
  • noun (Med.), obsolete A sovereign medicine or remedy.
  • noun (Fort.) A magistral line.
  • noun (Metal.) Powdered copper pyrites used in the amalgamation of ores of silver, as at the Spanish mines of Mexico and South America.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

Etymologies

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

[Late Latin magistrālis, belonging to a master, from Latin magister, magistr-, former chief officer of a college; see meg- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French magistral, and its source, Latin magistrālis, from magister ("master").

Examples

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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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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