What does terrestrial mean?

Definitions for terrestrialtəˈrɛs tri əl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tellurian, telluric, terrestrial, terrene(adj)

    of or relating to or inhabiting the land as opposed to the sea or air

  2. planetary, terrestrial(adj)

    of or relating to or characteristic of the planet Earth or its inhabitants

    "planetary rumblings and eructations"- L.C.Eiseley ; "the planetary tilt"; "this terrestrial ball"

  3. terrestrial(adj)

    operating or living or growing on land

  4. mundane, terrestrial(adj)

    concerned with the world or worldly matters

    "mundane affairs"; "he developed an immense terrestrial practicality"

  5. sublunar, sublunary, terrestrial(adj)

    of this earth

    "transcendental motives for sublunary actions"; "fleeting sublunary pleasures"; "the nearest to an angelic being that treads this terrestrial ball"


  1. terrestrial(Noun)

    An inhabitant of the planet Earth.

  2. terrestrial(Noun)

    A ground-dwelling plant.

  3. terrestrial(Adjective)

    Of, relating to, or inhabiting the land of the Earth or its inhabitants.

  4. terrestrial(Adjective)

    Of, relating to, or composed of land.

  5. terrestrial(Adjective)

    Living or growing in or on land (as opposed to other habitat); not aquatic, etc.

    a terrestrial plant

  6. terrestrial(Adjective)

    Concerned with the world or worldly matters.

  7. terrestrial(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the second highest degree of glory.

  8. Origin: From terrestris, from terra.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Terrestrial(adj)

    of or pertaining to the earth; existing on the earth; earthly; as, terrestrial animals

  2. Terrestrial(adj)

    representing, or consisting of, the earth; as, a terrestrial globe

  3. Terrestrial(adj)

    of or pertaining to the world, or to the present state; sublunary; mundane

  4. Terrestrial(adj)

    consisting of land, in distinction from water; belonging to, or inhabiting, the land or ground, in distinction from trees, water, or the like; as, terrestrial serpents

  5. Terrestrial(adj)

    adapted for the observation of objects on land and on the earth; as, a terrestrial telescope, in distinction from an astronomical telescope

  6. Terrestrial(noun)

    an inhabitant of the earth

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Terrestrial

    te-res′tri-al, adj. pertaining to, or existing on, the earth: earthly: living on the ground: representing the earth.—adv. Terres′trially.—n. Terres′trialness.—adj. Terres′trious, terrestrial. [L. terrestristerra, the earth.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of terrestrial in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of terrestrial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Rodrigo Luger:

    Terrestrial planet evolution around low-mass stars is very different.

  2. Stephen Hawking:

    To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit.

  3. Angel Abbud-Madrid:

    Lunar resource exploration should be based on the same methods that have guided humans on their centuries-old exploration of terrestrial resources.

  4. Allyson Jackson:

    Even though fish-eating terrestrial consumers are often exposed to high levels of mercury, they are usually not species eaten by humans – think of an osprey, kingfisher or bald eagle, the same is true for terrestrial consumers that rely on emergent aquatic insects – they are often not species consumed by humans such as spiders, songbirds and bats.

  5. Professor Auke Ijspeert:

    It's a key animal from an evolutionary point of view, it's older than crocodiles and dinosaurs; it's an amphibian. So if you look at the modern salamander, its morphology and body shape is very close to the fossils of the first terrestrial vertebrates. So by studying the modern salamander we have a time window to the ancestors of all terrestrial vertebrates, including humans.

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