Definition of astronomical in English:



  • 1Relating to astronomy.

    ‘astronomical observations’
    • ‘In that year he corrected the calendar to bring it into line with his accurate astronomical observations.’
    • ‘Neptune was the first to be detected as the result of an astronomical calculation rather than accidental observation.’
    • ‘The celestial globe is an astronomical instrument used to measure the stars and the nature of the universe.’
    • ‘The first known astronomical observations made by Galileo were carried out in 1604 for different reasons.’
    • ‘His interest in optics also fitted in with an interest in making astronomical observations.’
    • ‘To astronomers, a transit occurs whenever a small astronomical object passes in front of a larger one.’
    • ‘One of the most extraordinary buildings is a circular astronomical observatory.’
    • ‘Although such reports are often discounted as meteor showers or astronomical phenomena, other sightings are not so easy to dismiss.’
    • ‘The Moon could also become the principal astronomical observation platform in the solar system.’
    • ‘Al-Mahri used astronomical observations of the height of stars to determine the difference in latitude between two places.’
    • ‘By 1905, of course, astronomical observations had greatly improved due to photography.’
    • ‘Thus the core mystery is not yet solved: what kind of astronomical object could explode so catastrophically?’
    • ‘A corollary of this is that, before Hipparchus, astronomical tables based on Greek geometrical methods did not exist.’
    • ‘Eclipses result from the astronomical relationship between Earth, Moon and Sun.’
    • ‘This discovery was of great importance to the astronomical world, but Hubble's greatest moment was yet to come.’
    • ‘From Lippershey, Galileo picked up the idea of building a telescope for astronomical research.’
    • ‘Zach was now appointed as director of a new astronomical observatory to be built at Seeberg, Gotha.’
    • ‘In astronomy he worked on making observations more precise by improving astronomical instruments.’
    • ‘Of all of the astronomical objects, the Sun is the most important to human beings.’
    • ‘This material is not related to comets but rather to other astronomical bodies.’
    • ‘He began correcting the errors in existing astronomical tables by making observations of the motion of the planets with a cheap telescope.’
    celestial, planetary, stellar, astronomic, heavenly
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  • 2informal (of an amount) extremely large.

    ‘he wanted an astronomical fee’
    • ‘Centre forwards are match winners - they are the ones who spark bidding wars and attract the astronomical transfer fees.’
    • ‘It seems the pay is average but the workplace hazard allowance is astronomical.’
    • ‘Next he went on to tell me how hard it was for him to pay the astronomical education fees for his daughter on the money he made as a taxi driver.’
    • ‘A total of 15,200 workers have come to Britain this summer, some expecting to earn astronomical sums.’
    • ‘Such astronomical fees would put university beyond the reach of many.’
    • ‘Even some of the more hardened observers are stunned by the astronomical amounts of money that can be made.’
    • ‘Now the truth is that the government wants people to smoke, as the amount of tax that we pay on cigarettes in astronomical.’
    • ‘It is spending astronomical amounts of money, alienating allies and further antagonizing opponents.’
    • ‘If we agree to this, in a very short time fees will be at astronomical levels and we will have created a market in higher education.’
    • ‘To my advantage was the fact I wouldn't cost an astronomical fee.’
    • ‘Not every company charges an astronomical rate, a massive arrangement fee and suggests a loan which extends to the next generation.’
    • ‘If you add all the money raised for cancer research each year, you will have an astronomical amount.’
    • ‘The ornateness of the decoration and the skill of the band must have required an astronomical amount of money.’
    huge, enormous, very large, very great, very big, prodigious, tremendous, monumental, mammoth, colossal, vast, gigantic, massive, epic, monstrous, terrific, titanic, towering, king-sized, king-size
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Mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek astronomikos, from astronomia (see astronomy).