Full record for spacefaring adj.

Definition traveling in space
OED requirements antedating 1952
Earliest cite A. B. Chandler 'Frontier of the Dark'
Comment Mike Christie submitted a cite from a 1978 reprint of Robert Heinlein's "Citizen of the Galaxy". James A. Landau verified the cite in the 1957 first edition. Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a reprint of Philip Jose Farmer's "Strange Compulsion"; Rick Hauptmann verified the cite in the 1953 first magazine appearance. Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from A. Bertram Chandler's "Frontier of the Dark"

Earliest cite in the OED: 1962.

Last modified 31 July, 2019

Citations for spacefaring adj.

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1952 A. B. Chandler Frontier of Dark in Astounding Sci. Fiction Sept. 133/1 She's a better ship than any of the spacefaring boudoirs that are turned out by your yards!
1953 P. J. Farmer Strange Compulsion in Sci. Fiction Plus Oct. 60/1 Once the quarantine had been clamped down and all the space-faring Remohs located and examined, Gaulers went to work.
1957 R. A. Heinlein Citizen of Galaxy 156 The Finstera are not a spacefaring people; there was no possibility that the bogie would be identified as theirs.
1957 R. A. Heinlein in Astounding Sci. Fiction Nov. 90/2 The Finstera are not a spacefaring people; there was no possibility that the bogie would be identified as theirs.
1979 A. C. Clarke Fountains of Paradise 80 During the millennia since they had launched Starglider, their spacefaring ability must have improved enormously.
1988 A. C. Clarke 2061: Odyssey Three 32 The narrator did not gloat unduly over the consternation of the other spacefaring powers, when a presumed Chinese space station suddenly blasted out of orbit and headed for Jupiter.
1990 Omni Apr. 30/2 Only two international treaties currently regulate space activity, and the more recent and more restrictive of those?has few signatories, none of them spacefaring nations.
1991 O. S. Card Xenocide viii. 109 Had she thought he would stride off the shuttle as strong and bold as a spacefaring god from some romance?
1994 I. McDonald Necroville (1995) 240 The driver's radio in the dukduk that had brought them here had gabbled about the Freedead fleet breaking up the orbital factories and spinning them into some enormous spacefaring construction.
1997 I. Watson Jewels in Angel's Wing in M. Ashley Random House Book Sci. Fiction Stories 274 I remembered the approach of the aliens: two great spacefaring beings like grotesque, beautiful, ornamental fish a kilometer long, two kilometers high, half a kilometer wide, wrapped round with convoluted sparkling sails and veils, shimmering with powers and forces that we couldn't fathom. All contact with Earth from our transmitter on Nearside was disrupted, lost.
1998 Interzone Sept. 15/1 He did not dislike the other spacefaring species; he found them interesting.
1998 D. Brin Heaven's Reach 53, I had heard many legends of the clever Tymbrimi, of course┬ľa spacefaring race widely disliked by conservative Galactics for their scamplike natures.
2001 Sci. Fiction Chron. July 30/1 The time has now come for us to take the next step: the establishment of a permanent spacefaring civilization.
2005 I. M. Banks Algebraist v. 368 Because if all this was real then he was, maybe, on the brink of the most astounding discovery in all human history, a revelation that could do untold harm or bring inestimable benefits to any combination of the Mercatoria, its adversaries and just about every other space-faring species in the galaxy.