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MAG'ISTRAL, a. Suiting a magistrate; authoritative.

MAG'ISTRAL, n. A sovereign medicine or remedy.

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MAG'ISTRAL, a. Suiting a magistrate; authoritative.

MAG'ISTRAL, n. A sovereign medicine or remedy.


Suiting a magistrate; authoritative. [Obs.]


A sovereign medicine or remedy. [Obs.]

  1. Pertaining to a master; magisterial; authoritative; dogmatic.
  2. A sovereign medicine or remedy.

    [Obs.] Burton.
  3. Commanded or prescribed by a magister, esp. by a doctor; hence, effectual; sovereign; as, a magistral sirup.

    "Some magistral opiate." Bacon.
  4. A magistral line.
  5. Formulated extemporaneously, or for a special case; -- opposed to officinal, and said of prescriptions and medicines.


    Magistral line (Fort.), the guiding line, or outline, by which the form of the work is determined. It is usually the crest line of the parapet in fieldworks, or the top line of the escarp in permanent fortifications.

  6. Powdered copper pyrites used in the amalgamation of ores of silver, as at the Spanish mines of Mexico and South America.
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MAG'ISTRAL, adjective Suiting a magistrate; authoritative.

MAG'ISTRAL, noun A sovereign medicine or remedy.

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1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

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1. In geometry, a solid body contained under a single surface, which in every part is equally distant from a point called its center. The earth is not an exact sphere. The sun appears to be a sphere.

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7. Rank; order of society. Persons moving in a higher sphere claim more deference.

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