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Meaning of MAGISTRAL

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mag"is*tral\, a. [L. magistralis: cf. F. magistral.
    See {Magistrate}.]
    1. Pertaining to a master; magisterial; authoritative;
    2. Commanded or prescribed by a magister, esp. by a doctor;
       hence, effectual; sovereign; as, a magistral sirup. ``Some
       magistral opiate.'' --Bacon.
    3. (Pharmacy) Formulated extemporaneously, or for a special
       case; -- opposed to {officinal}, and said of prescriptions
       and medicines. --Dunglison.
    {Magistral line} (Fort.), the guiding line, or outline, 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.
  2. \Mag"is*tral\, n.
    1. (Med.) A sovereign medicine or remedy. [Obs.] --Burton.
    2. (Fort.) A magistral line.
    3. (Metal.) Powdered copper pyrites used in the amalgamation
       of ores of silver, as at the Spanish mines of Mexico and
       South America.