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Definition of Terrestrial


  1. Of or pertaining to the earth; existing on the earth; earthly; as, terrestrial animals.
  2. Representing, or consisting of, the earth; as, a terrestrial globe.
  3. Of or pertaining to the world, or to the present state; sublunary; mundane.
  4. 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. Adapted for the observation of objects on land and on the earth; as, a terrestrial telescope, in distinction from an astronomical telescope.
  6. An inhabitant of the earth.

Terrestrial Quotations

The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides.
Jules Verne

There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all.
Ogden Nash

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

Five centuries from now - barring unimaginable catastrophe - the moon will be developed real estate. There's economic incentive to exploit the moon - the helium-3 will be useful in powering fusion reactors, and the rare earth elements could supplant the limited terrestrial supply of these materials.
Seth Shostak

Of course there is still unexplored terrestrial territory, but most of it is waterlogged. Submersed secret places, such as the Challenger Deep, which today lure hi-tech adventurers like Richard Branson and James Cameron, will undoubtedly provide welcome fodder for 'National Geographic.'
Seth Shostak
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Terrestrial Translations

terrestrial in Dutch is aards
terrestrial in French is terrestre
terrestrial in German is irdisch, irdisch, weltlich, Erd...
terrestrial in Italian is terreno
terrestrial in Spanish is terrenal, terrestre
terrestrial in Swedish is jordisk
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