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Definitions for Martian
ˈmɑr ʃənmar·tian

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Martianadjective

    imaginary people who live on the planet Mars

  2. Martianadjective

    of or relating to the planet Mars (or its fictional inhabitants)


  1. Martiannoun

    An inhabitant of the planet Mars.

  2. Martianadjective

    Of or relating to the planet Mars.

    the Martian landscape

  3. Martianadjective

    Of or relating to Martians.

    a Martian invasion

  4. martianadjective

    Alternative letter-case form of Martian


  1. Martian

    Mars, the fourth planet from the Sun, has appeared as a setting in works of fiction since at least the mid-1600s. It became the most popular celestial object in fiction in the late 1800s as the Moon was evidently lifeless. At the time, the predominant genre depicting Mars was utopian fiction. Contemporaneously, the mistaken belief that there are canals on Mars emerged and made its way into fiction. The War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells' story of an alien invasion of Earth by sinister Martians, was published in 1897 and went on to have a large influence on the science fiction genre. Life on Mars appeared frequently in fiction throughout the first half of the 1900s. Apart from enlightened as in the utopian works from the turn of the century, or evil as in the works inspired by Wells, intelligent and human-like Martians also began to be depicted as decadent, a portrayal that was popularized by Edgar Rice Burroughs in the Barsoom series and adopted by Leigh Brackett among others. Besides these, more exotic lifeforms appeared in stories like Stanley G. Weinbaum's "A Martian Odyssey". The theme of colonizing Mars replaced stories about native inhabitants of the planet in the second half of the 1900s following emerging evidence of the planet being inhospitable to life, eventually confirmed by data from Mars exploration probes. A significant minority of works nevertheless persisted in portraying Mars in a nostalgic way that was by then scientifically outdated, including Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles. Terraforming Mars to enable human habitation has been another major theme, especially in the final quarter of the century, with the most prominent example being Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy. Stories of the first human mission to Mars appeared throughout the 1990s in response to the Space Exploration Initiative. The moons of Mars—Phobos and Deimos—have made only sporadic appearances in fiction.


  1. Martian

    A Martian is a native inhabitant of the planet Mars. Since there is no solid evidence of life there at present, all Martians known as of 2013 are fictional creatures. In science fiction, the term Martian could also refer to a human colonist born and raised on the planet Mars.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. martian

    A packet sent on a TCP/IP network with a source address of the test loopback interface []. This means that it will come back labeled with a source address that is clearly not of this earth. “The domain server is getting lots of packets from Mars. Does that gateway have a martian filter?” Compare Christmas tree packet, Godzillagram.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Martian is ranked #41426 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Martian surname appeared 525 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Martian.

    81.7% or 429 total occurrences were White.
    9.1% or 48 total occurrences were Black.
    3.8% or 20 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.6% or 14 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

Anagrams for Martian »

  1. Martina

  2. tamarin

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Martian in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Martian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Martian in a Sentence

  1. Patrick Whelley:

    Each one of these eruptions would have had a significant climate impact — maybe the released gas made the atmosphere thicker or blocked the sun and made the atmosphere colder, modelers of the Martian climate will have some work to do to try to understand the impact of the volcanoes.

  2. Nikki Novak:

    They can be monster hits like Matt Damon's' The Martian' or big misses like Jake Gyllenhaal's' Life,'.

  3. Ken Farley:

    Perseverance's sophisticated science instruments will not only help in the hunt for fossilized microbial life, but also expand our knowledge of Martian geology and its past, present, and future, our science team has been busy planning how best to work with what we anticipate will be a firehose of cutting-edge data. That's the kind of' problem' we are looking forward to.

  4. Nora Noffke:

    But if the Martian structures aren’t of biological origin.

  5. Xu Dazhe:

    When I saw the U.S. film 'The Martian', which envisages China-U.S. cooperation on a Mars rescue mission under emergency circumstances, it shows that our U.S. counterparts very much hope to cooperate with us, however, it's very regrettable that, for reasons everyone is aware of, there are currently some impediments to cooperation.

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