pertaining to the sky or visible heaven, or to the universe beyond the earth’s atmosphere, as in celestial body.
pertaining to the spiritual or invisible heaven; heavenly; divine:
of or relating to celestial navigation:
a celestial fix.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to the former Chinese Empire or the Chinese people.
an inhabitant of heaven.
(initial capital letter) a citizen of the Celestial Empire.
heavenly; divine; spiritual: celestial peace
of or relating to the sky: celestial bodies
late 14c., “pertaining to heaven,” from Old French celestial “celestial, heavenly, sky-blue,” from Latin caelestis “heavenly, pertaining to the sky,” from caelum “heaven, sky; abode of the gods; climate,” of uncertain origin; perhaps from PIE *kaid-slo-, perhaps from a root also found in Germanic and Baltic meaning “bright, clear” (cf. Lithuanian skaidrus “shining, clear;” Old English hador, German heiter “clear, shining, cloudless,” Old Norse heið “clear sky”).
The Latin word is the source of the usual word for “sky” in most of the Romance languages, e.g. French ciel, Spanish cielo, Italian cielo. General sense of “heavenly, very delightful” in English is from early 15c.
Relating to the sky or the heavens. Stars and planets are celestial bodies.
Relating to the celestial sphere or to any of the coordinate systems by which the position of an object, such as a star or planet, is represented on it.
cellular phone. Contemporary Examples cell phone (cellular telephone) A portable telephone that uses wireless cellular technology to send and receive phone signals. This technology works by dividing the Earth into small regions called cells. Within each cell the wireless telephone signal goes over its assigned bandwidth to a cell tower, which relays the signal to […]
(in plant cells) a plate that develops at the midpoint between the two groups of chromosomes in a dividing cell and that is involved in forming the wall between the two new daughter cells. cell plate A partition that is formed during telophase of cell division in plants and some algae and that separates the […]
- Cell reference
spreadsheet A string identifying a particular cell in a spreadsheet, possibly relative to the cell containing the reference. A cell reference may be absolute (denoted by a “$” prefix in Excel) or relative (no prefix) in each dimension, thus, e.g. B$6 refers to the second cell across in the sixth row. The distinction between absolute […]
the watery fluid within the central vacuole of a plant cell. Historical Examples cell sap The liquid contained within a vacuole of a plant cell. See more at vacuole.