Celestial empire
Empire Em"pire, n. [F., fr. L. imperium a command, sovereignty, dominion, empire, fr. imperare. See {Emperor}; cf. {Imperial}.] 1. Supreme power; sovereignty; sway; dominion. ``The empire of the sea.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Over hell extend His empire, and with iron scepter rule. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. The dominion of an emperor; the territory or countries under the jurisdiction and dominion of an emperor (rarely of a king), usually of greater extent than a kingdom, always comprising a variety in the nationality of, or the forms of administration in, constituent and subordinate portions; as, the Austrian empire. [1913 Webster]

Empire carries with it the idea of a vast and complicated government. --C. J. Smith. [1913 Webster]

3. Any dominion; supreme control; governing influence; rule; sway; as, the empire of mind or of reason. ``Under the empire of facts.'' --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster]

Another force which, in the Middle Ages, shared with chivalry the empire over the minds of men. --A. W. Ward. [1913 Webster]

{Celestial empire}. See under {Celestial}.

{Empire City}, a common designation of the city of New York.

{Empire State}, a common designation of the State of New York.

Syn: Sway; dominion; rule; control; reign; sovereignty; government; kingdom; realm; state. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Celestial empire — Celestial Ce*les tial, a. [OF. celestial, celestied, fr. L. caelestic, fr. caelum heaved. See {Cell}.] 1. Belonging to the a[ e]rial regions, or visible heavens. The twelve celestial signs. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or pertaining to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Celestial Empire — [transl. of a former Chin name for China] CHINESE EMPIRE …   English World dictionary

  • Celestial Empire — the former Chinese Empire. [1815 25] * * * Celestial Empire noun (historical) China, the Chinese Empire • • • Main Entry: ↑celestial * * * Celestial Empire, the Chinese Empire …   Useful english dictionary

  • Celestial Empire — geographical name the former Chinese Empire …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Celestial Empire — the former Chinese Empire. [1815 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • Celestial Empire — Chinese Empire …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • Celestial Empire — n. Chinese Empire from 1815 1825 …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Celestial Empire — Celes′tial Em′pire n. why the Chinese Empire • Etymology: 1815–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • Celestial Empire — /səlɛstiəl ˈɛmpaɪə/ (say suhlesteeuhl empuyuh) noun a literary name for the former Chinese Empire. {translation of the Chinese name} …   Australian English dictionary

  • CELESTIAL EMPIRE —    China, as ruled over by a dynasty appointed by Heaven …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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