Definitions for terrestrialtəˈrɛs tri əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ter•res•tri•al*təˈrɛs tri əl(adj.)

  1. pertaining to, consisting of, or representing the earth as distinct from other planets.

  2. of or pertaining to land as distinct from water.

  3. growing or living on land or on the ground; not aquatic, arboreal, etc. growing in the ground; not epiphytic or aerial.

    Category: Botany, Zoology

  4. of or pertaining to the earth or this world; worldly; mundane.

  5. (n.)an inhabitant of the earth, esp. a human being.

* Syn: See earthly.

Origin of terrestrial:

1400–50; late ME < L terrestri(s) pertaining to earth (der. of terra earth) + -al1

ter•res′tri•al•ly(adv.)

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"

Wiktionary

  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

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