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[in-ter-stel-er] /ˌɪn tərˈstɛl ər/
Astronomy. situated or occurring between the stars:
interstellar dust.
Origin of interstellar
1620-30; inter- + stellar Unabridged
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  • The depressing answer in every study so far is that interstellar travel is centuries away.
  • He looks at the energy budget of interstellar missions.
  • We also know that amino acids are common in interstellar space.
  • There's this immense gap, as deep and dark as the interstellar night through which the cold wind blows.
  • The stunning space vistas and intimate moments with astronauts make for a fascinating flash of interstellar eye candy.
  • As you get outside the solar system, into interstellar space, particles become few and far between.
  • Galaxies grow as interstellar gases drawn in by gravity cool and condense to form new stars.
  • Gravitational tugs, orbital collisions, and interstellar jostles occasionally perturb an asteroid or comet onto a wayward path.
  • Elliptical galaxies contain many older stars, up to one trillion, but little dust and other interstellar matter.
  • Instead the interstellar cloud of dust and gas reflects light from nearby stars.
British Dictionary definitions for interstellar


conducted, or existing between two or more stars
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Word Origin and History for interstellar

1620s, "situated between the stars," from inter- + stellar.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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