-ster

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • -ster A suffix denoting the agentoriginally a woman), especially a person who does something with skill or as an occupation; as in spinsteroriginally, a woman who spins), songster, baxter= bakester), youngster.☞ Brewing, baking, and weaving were formerly feminine labors, and consequently brewster baxter, and webster meant, originally, the woman (not the man) who brews, bakes, or weaves. When men began to perform these duties the feminine appellations were retained.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n -ster A termination denoting occupation, as in maltster, gamester, spinster, songster, etc. In the earliest times, and up to about the end of the thirteenth century, it was generally the sign of the feminine gender, corresponding to the masculine -ere or -er. In the fourteenth century it began to give place as a feminine termination to the Norman -ess, with which it was later often combined, as in seamstress, sempstress, songstress, or, if it survived, was used chiefly as masculine, and took on new meanings of contempt or depreciation, as in trickster, gamester, punster, etc., or indicated simple agency or existence, as in deemster, doomster, huckster, tapster, teamster, upholster, roadster, youngster, etc. Some of the older nouns with this suffix survive as surnames, as Baxter, Webster, Sangster, Dempster, etc.
    • n -ster An abbreviation of sterling.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. & AS. -estre, -istre,

Usage

In literature:

Byme-by a Baptis' min'ster comed to de place, and massa and missus was converted.
"Step by Step" by The American Tract Society
It's beautiful," she went on, "that it should be Gloucester; 'Glo'ster, Glo'ster,' as you say, making it sound like an old song.
"The Golden Bowl" by Henry James
One pierced the min'ster dead; the other pierced The royal Bukka, who unconscious fell.
"Tales of Ind" by T. Ramakrishna
In the foregoing part he sent a letter to Glo'ster; but no hint is given of its contents.
"Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies" by Samuel Johnson
Dovo's sim to what they pens of Mr Bartlett in Glo'stershire, who had a fino tem pash Glo'ster an' Bristol, where he jivved adree a boro ker.
"The English Gipsies and Their Language" by Charles G. Leland
Jes ster (stir) up uh nice hoecake en wrap it up in oak leaves wha' right sorta wet.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
Dost thou think my flesh is double Glo'ster?
"The Bon Gaultier Ballads" by William Edmonstoune Aytoun Theodore Martin
When Stephen Gaff approached his own cottage, he beheld his wife belabouring the Bu'ster with both hands and tongue unmercifully.
"Shifting Winds" by R.M. Ballantyne
Now, Koho, we have big fella talk along this big fella mar-ster.
"A Son Of The Sun" by Jack London
I expect he went up to London by the night mail; he would have caught that at Glo'ster.
"The Dash for Khartoum" by George Alfred Henty
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In poetry:

Wat gingen wij vanavond ver,
Het werd alleen te laat:
Nog verder dan de gouden ster
Aan blauwe hemelstraat!
"Avondwandeling" by Pieter Cornelis Boutens
The youth her painful terror saw,
And with a manly sterness said,
In a firm voice, inspiring awe,
"Cornelia I must be obeyed."
"The Stag" by William Hayley
Zij keert terug langs 't kerkhofpad,
Geen ster bleef aan de kimmen gloren;
De nachtuil stemde in 't stormgegrom,
En deed haar 't somber lijklied hooren.
"Edward En Emma" by Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate
Troops late by Williamsburg's brave palace walls,
With trump and drum had marched down Glo'ster street,
And some with throb of oars, and loud sea-calls
Had landed from the fleet.
"Arms And The Man - The Lines Around Yorktown" by James Barron Hope
The learned Hough of Wor'ster fell;
His mitre fitted Isaac well.
Thus circumstanc'd, could he lament
That death's a sorrowful event?
Neither in this can we agree--
Physicians only gain a fee.
"Preferment" by William Hutton
I will not droop my soiled flag,
Nor turn a thought on my own shame,
Though it be sin without a name,
And smutted honour but a rag
There is a curve of Glo'ster plough
That I was born alone to show.
"Defiance" by Ivor Gurney

In news:

I put e\ster stuff up for easter.
A convoy of trucks departs Sunday from Worcester (WUH'-ster) Wreath Co.
Rutgers safety Wayne Warren plows through the Connecticut defense at the goal line to score on his 25-yard interception return Tony Kurdzuk/The Ster Ledger.
Congrats to my fellow Hat Trick sters.
She's an im- pom -ster.
Honda EV-Ster electric roadster .
The Honda EV-Ster electric roadster is displayed on media day at the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile September 28, 2012.
As New York City and much of the East Coast are entering what could be a miserable couple of days, the meme-sters are already having a ball with Hurricane Sandy .
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In science:

Uiteindelijk is de binnenkant van de ster helemaal gemaakt van ijzergas.
Radio Pulsars
Dan is de koek op, want de ster kan het ijzer niet tot nog zwaarder gas omzetten.
Radio Pulsars
Voor het eerst in honderden miljoenen jaren kan de ster nu plotseling geen licht meer maken.
Radio Pulsars
In the Z/2-coefficients case the Pfister quadrics provide canonical νn−1 splitting varieties for symbols of length n.
On motivic cohomology with Z/l coefficients
These restrictions allowed us to reformulate the vanishing result needed for the proof of the Milnor conjecture in terms of a motivic homology group of the Pfister quadric which can be analyzed geometrically. A direct extention of these arguments to the l > 2 case fails for two main reasons.
On motivic cohomology with Z/l coefficients
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