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[as-truh l] /ˈæs trəl/
pertaining to or proceeding from the stars; stellar; star-shaped.
Biology. pertaining to, consisting of, or resembling an aster; having a discoid, radiate flower head.
Theosophy. noting a supersensible substance pervading all space and forming the substance of a second body (astral body) belonging to each individual. It accompanies the individual through life, is able to leave the human body at will, and survives the individual after death.
Origin of astral
1595-1605; (< Middle French) < Late Latin astrālis, equivalent to Latin ast(rum) star (< Greek ástron) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
astrally, adverb
interastral, adjective
nonastral, adjective
subastral, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for astral
  • Prints include a stairway to the catacombs, an escalator to the astral plane, and an array of illusory fringes.
  • Most of these were astral in concept but the significance of only a few is known.
  • The outer sphere also highlights astral equivalents used to locate stars.
  • astral shows, stirring sunrises, and awesome sunsets are year-round.
  • Your astral eyes, your aura glows to warm the hearts you touched so dearly.
  • Outside of a video screen which displayed images of astral travel and helmeted warriors, the band didn't offer much to look at.
  • Since it was an ancient dot, and one that got around a lot, it shed an astral glamour wherever it appeared.
British Dictionary definitions for astral


relating to, proceeding from, consisting of, or resembling the stars: an astral body
(biology) of or relating to the aster occurring in dividing cells
(theosophy) denoting or relating to a supposed supersensible substance believed to form the material of a second body for each person, taking the form of an aura discernible to certain gifted individuals
Derived Forms
astrally, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin astrālis, from Latin astrum star, from Greek astron
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Word Origin and History for astral

"pertaining to the stars," c.1600, from Late Latin astralis, from Latin astrum "star," from Greek astron (see astro-). Meaning "pertaining to supersensible substances" is from 1690s, popularized late 19c. in Theosophy.

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astral in Medicine

astral as·tral (ās'trəl)

  1. Of, relating to, emanating from, or resembling the stars.

  2. Of, relating to, or shaped like the mitotic aster; having the shape of an astrosphere; star-shaped.

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astral in Science
Relating to or coming from the stars; stellar.
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astral in Technology

A programming language based on Pascal, never implemented.
["ASTRAL: A Structured and Unified Approach to Database Design and Manipulation", T. Amble et al, in Proc of the Database Architecture Conf, Venice, June 1979].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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