• WordNet 3.6
    • n Sirius the brightest star in the sky; in Canis Major
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The term "dog days" has nothing to do with dogs. It dates back to Roman times, when it was believed that Sirius, the Dog Star, added its heat to that of the sun from July3 to August 11, creating exceptionally high temperatures. The Romans called the period dies caniculares, or "days of the dog."
    • n Sirius (Astron) The Dog Star. See Dog Star.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Sirius A very white star, the brightest in the heavens, more than half a magnitude brighter than Canopus, the next brightest; the dog-star. Its magnitude is—1.4. It is situated in the mouth of the Dog.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sirius sir′i-us the Dogstar or Canicula, the brightest star in the heavens, situated in the constellation of Canis Major, or the Great Dog
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. , properly, scorching
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. seirios.


In literature:

He slid the canopy open and looked down at the red soil of Sirius Three.
"The Quantum Jump" by Robert Wicks
And as creation is harmonious, the inhabitants of Sirius ought to be gigantic, those of Mars of middle stature, those of Venus very small.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
The "Sirius" arrived in New-York on the 23d of April, 1838.
"Ocean Steam Navigation and the Ocean Post" by Thomas Rainey
Sirius, pulsing and resplendent, seemed nearer and more vital than anything in the village.
"Old Junk" by H. M. Tomlinson
Sirius, or the Dog-star.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
How, then, can such telescopes make individually visible the stars of a nebula which is half a million times the distance of Sirius?
"Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I" by Herbert Spencer
Voyage of the two inhabitants of Sirius and Saturn.
"Romans -- Volume 3: Micromegas" by Voltaire
The queen then gave him a sack of siriuses; but in a short time these, too, were all lost.
"Walter Pieterse" by Multatuli
Our sun is more than 90,000,000 miles distant, and Sirius is more than 200,000 times farther off than the sun.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Edith is another Sirius, flashing on the eyes with an ever-varying, yet strong and beautiful light.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXIII No. 5 November 1848" by Various

In poetry:

Old Man, your pearls are not for us,
Your rubies die too soon:
Have you the pearls of Sirius,
Or opals of the moon
"Jewels: A Young Man to a Merchant" by Herbert Ashley Asquith
For love must needs be more than knowledge:
What matter if I never know
Why Aldebaran's star is ruddy,
Or warmer Sirius white as snow!
"What The Traveller Said At Sunset" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Never a spell shall blight our vines,
Nor Sirius blaze above us,
But you and I shall drink our wines
And sing to the loved that love us.
"The "Happy Isles" of Horace" by Eugene Field
Come, my darling, let us dance
To the moon that beckons us
To dissolve our love in trance
Heedless of the hideous
Heat & hate of Sirius-
Shun his baneful brilliance!
"Lyric of Love to Leah" by Aleister Crowley
Heaven awakes to encompass us,
Hell awakes its jubilance
In our hearts mysterious
Marriage of the azure expanse,
With the scarlet brilliance
Of the Moon with Sirius.
"Lyric of Love to Leah" by Aleister Crowley
Thought cleaves the interstellar gloom
And sits in Sirius' disc all night,
Till day makes him retrace his flight
With smell of burning on every plume,
Back past the sun to an earthly room.
"Bond And Free" by Robert Frost

In news:

Wylde on Sports' begins Sept 4 on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio, channel 87 on XM and channel 210 on Sirius Premiere.
Howard Stern Lawsuit Against Sirius XM Dismissed.
A judge has dismissed Howard Stern's lawsuit against Sirius XM, Deadline reports.
AudioVox Sirius SXABB1 Dual Mode Speaker Dock Boombox.
SIRIUS SCC1 Connect Universal Tuner.
Grace Digital GDI-IRA500 Wireless Internet Radio Adapter Featuring Pandora, NPR and SIRIUS .
Sirius XM Radio will dedicate a channel on the satellite system to the Olympics during the London Games starting Friday.
Sirius XM prepares for a price hike.
This week, Sirius XM Radio launched a new radio program to celebrate kids' birthdays nationwide.
Page 1 of 2 Sirius Computer Solutions Inc will acquire MSI Systems Integrators in a deal that will create a VAR with annual sales greater than $1 billion.
Sirius and MSI are both premier IBM business partners and major players in the IBM channel.
Sirius XM Radio said Tuesday that CEO Mel Karmazin plans to step down early next year.
Back in 2009, Sirius XM radio was drowning in debt — did Howard Stern's half-a-billion contract break the bank.
The "Golden Era" looks of the FR7-420 Sirius are matched by its superb power output and rich, realistic sound.
BT is using the 3G-compliant, 288 x 288 Snell Sirius 830 routing system to manage TVOB feeds through Snell's Centra Workbench.

In science:

Nonetheless, we note that the presence of a stellar wind has been detected around Sirius (A1 V) through the observation of an absorption feature in the blue wings of the Mg II and H I resonance lines (Bertin et al. 1995).
A near-infrared interferometric survey of debris disc stars. II. CHARA/FLUOR observations of six early-type dwarfs
The second one was a crude optical II dedicated to prove the feasibility of the concept, by measuring the angular diameter of Sirius.
On the intensity interferometry and the second-order correlation function $g^{(2)}$ in astrophysics
In 1844, an astronomer named Friedrich Bessel noticed that Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, appeared to wobble slightly as it moved through space.
Computational Asteroseismology
Finally, in § 4 synthetic photometry of the Sun, Sirius and Vega is computed and compared to observed magnitudes found in the literature.
An Atlas of Spectrophotometric Landolt Standard Stars
In addition to the selected Landolt standard stars in this work, we have calculated spectrophotometry for the Sun, Sirius and Vega.
An Atlas of Spectrophotometric Landolt Standard Stars