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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ce·les·tial a.
 1. Belonging to the aërial regions, or visible heavens. “The twelve celestial signs.”
 2. Of or pertaining to the spiritual heaven; heavenly; divine.  Celestial spirits.” Celestial light,”
 3. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of, the Chinese, or Celestial, Empire, of the Chinese people.
 Celestial city, heaven; the heavenly Jerusalem. --Bunyan.
 Celestial empire, China; -- so called from the Chinese words, tien chan, Heavenly Dynasty, as being the kingdom ruled over by the dynasty appointed by heaven.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Em·pire n.
 1. Supreme power; sovereignty; sway; dominion. “The empire of the sea.”
 Over hell extend
 His empire, and with iron scepter rule.   --Milton.
 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.
    Empire carries with it the idea of a vast and complicated government.   --C. J. Smith.
 3. Any dominion; supreme control; governing influence; rule; sway; as, the empire of mind or of reason. “Under the empire of facts.”
    Another force which, in the Middle Ages, shared with chivalry the empire over the minds of men.   --A. W. Ward.
 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.