star

Definitions

  • Caught by a star shell
    Caught by a star shell
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj star indicating the most important performer or role "the leading man","prima ballerina","prima donna","a star figure skater","the starring role","a stellar role","a stellar performance"
    • v star mark with an asterisk "Linguists star unacceptable sentences"
    • v star be the star in a performance
    • v star feature as the star "The movie stars Dustin Hoffman as an autistic man"
    • n star the topology of a network whose components are connected to a hub
    • n star a star-shaped character * used in printing
    • n star (astronomy) a celestial body of hot gases that radiates energy derived from thermonuclear reactions in the interior
    • n star any celestial body visible (as a point of light) from the Earth at night
    • n star someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
    • n star a performer who receives prominent billing
    • n star an actor who plays a principal role
    • n star a plane figure with 5 or more points; often used as an emblem
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The gold star The gold star
Old Rochester Theatre, Star Hill Old Rochester Theatre, Star Hill
A circle of fairies fly around a star; a bird looks on A circle of fairies fly around a star; a bird looks on
THE DOCTOR A STAR BOARDER THE DOCTOR A STAR BOARDER
The North Star The North Star
THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM
Stars of the Pleiades Stars of the Pleiades
The Stars of Orion The Stars of Orion

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are over one hundred billion galaxies with each galaxy having billions of stars
    • Star (Pyrotechny) A composition of combustible matter used in the heading of rockets, in mines, etc., which, exploding in the air, presents a starlike appearance.
    • Star A person of brilliant and attractive qualities, especially on public occasions, as a distinguished orator, a leading theatrical performer, etc.
    • Star (Astrol) A planet supposed to influence one's destiny; (usually pl.) a configuration of the planets, supposed to influence fortune. "O malignant and ill-brooding stars .""Blesses his stars , and thinks it luxury."
    • Star One of the innumerable luminous bodies seen in the heavens; any heavenly body other than the sun, moon, comets, and nebulæ. "His eyen twinkled in his head aright,
      As do the stars in the frosty night."
    • Star Specifically, a radiated mark in writing or printing; an asterisk [thus, *]; -- used as a reference to a note, or to fill a blank where something is omitted, etc.
    • Star That which resembles the figure of a star, as an ornament worn on the breast to indicate rank or honor. "On whom . . . Lavish Honor showered all her stars ."
    • Star The polestar; the north star.
    • v. i Star To be bright, or attract attention, as a star; to shine like a star; to be brilliant or prominent; to play a part as a theatrical star.
    • v. t Star stär To set or adorn with stars, or bright, radiating bodies; to bespangle; as, a robe starred with gems. "A sable curtain starred with gold."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Only 55 percent of all Americans know that the sun is a star
    • n star Any celestial body which appears as a luminous point. In ordinary modern language star is frequently limited to mean a fixed star (see below). In astrology the stars, especially the planets, are supposed to exercise an influence upon human destinies.
    • n star Hence Destiny.
    • n star Anything which resembles a star.
    • n star Specifically— A star-shaped figure made of silver, gold, or both, sometimes set with jewels, worn usually upon the breast as one of the insignia of a higher class of an honorary order. See insignia, and cuts under bath, garter, and Order of St. Michael (under order).
    • n star The asterisk (*). See asterisk.
    • n star In pyrotechny, a small piece of inflammable composition, which burns high in air with a colored flame, and presents the appearance of a star.
    • n star A group of cracks or flaws radiating from a center.
    • n star A spot of white or light color on the forehead of an animal.
    • n star In zoology: A star-animal; a starfish, or other echinoderm of obviously radiate figure, as a brittle-star, feather-star, lily-star, sand-star, or sun-star. See the compounds.
    • n star A stellate sponge-spicule; an aster.
    • n star In a copper-plate or lithographic printing-press, the radial spokes on the roller, which serve as handles.
    • n star Figuratively, a person of brilliant or attractive qualities; one who shines preëminently; specifically, the chief and preëminent actor or actress of a dramatic or operatic company.
    • n star In heraldry, same as estoile.
    • n star In fortification, a small fort having five or more points, or salient and reëntering angles flanking one another. Also called star-fort.
    • n star An additional life bought by a player in the game of pool.
    • n star See star-of-Bethlehem.
    • star To set with stars, literally or figuratively.
    • star Hence— To set with small bright bodies, as gems, spangles, or the like.
    • star To set with figures of stars forming a sowing or sprinkle.
    • star To transform into a star or stars; set in a constellation.
    • star To affix a star or asterisk to (a written or printed word) for a distinctive purpose, especially, in a list, to distinguish the name of a deceased person.
    • star To crack so as to produce a group of radiating lines.
    • star To shine as a star; be brilliant or prominent; shine above others; specifically (theat), to appear as a star actor.
    • star In the game of pool, to buy an additional life or lives.
    • n star An ancient name for all deeds, releases, or obligations of the Jews, and also for a schedule or inventory. See starchamber. Also spelled starr.
    • n star A book-name for humming-birds of the genus Calothorax, Oreotrochilus, and related genera.
    • star To cut with radiating incisions: said with reference to a chronic ulcer which may be so cut through the base and edges in order to loosen up adhesions, and so promote healing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Many of the stars that were in the Poltergeist Trilogy had strange deaths
    • n Star stär one of the bright bodies in the heavens, except the sun and moon: one of the heavenly bodies shining by their own light, and which keep the same relative position in the heavens: anything star-like or star-shaped: a representation of a star worn as a badge of rank or honour: a person of brilliant or attractive qualities: the chief actor or actress in a dramatic company:
    • v.t Star to set with stars: to bespangle
    • v.i Star to shine, as a star: to attract attention: to appear as a star-actor (To Star it, esp. on a provincial tour):—pr.p. star′ring; pa.t. and pa.p. starred
    • n Star stär (print.) an asterisk (*)
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Quotations

  • Lee Salk
    Lee Salk
    “When it gets dark enough you can see the stars.”
  • Derek Walcott
    Derek Walcott
    “I try to forget what happiness was, and when that don't work, I study the stars.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.”
  • Lord Byron
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    “Tempted fate will leave the loftiest star.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves; we are underlings.”
  • Bruce Lee
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    “You just wait. I'm going to be the biggest Chinese Star in the world.”

Idioms

Stars and stripes - The stars and stripes is the American flag.
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Stars in your eyes - Someone who dreams of being famous has stars in their eyes.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sterre, AS. steorra,; akin to OFries. stera, OS. sterro, D. ster, OHG. sterno, sterro, G. stern, Icel. stjarna, Sw. stjerna, Dan. stierne, Goth. staírnō, Armor. & Corn. steren, L. stella, Gr. 'asth`r 'a`stron, Skr. star,; perhaps from a root meaning, to scatter, Skr. stṛ, L. sternere,cf. Stratum), and originally applied to the stars as being strewn over the sky, or as being scatterers or spreaders of light. √296. Cf. Aster Asteroid Constellation Disaster Stellar
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. steorra; Ger. stern, L. stella (for sterula), Gr. astēr.

Usage

In literature:

This added William Faversham to the ranks, and thus another star possibility came under the sway of the Star-Maker.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
Shall we say, Behold this star spinneth round that star, and this other star with a tail goeth and cometh in so many years!
"Myths and Marvels of Astronomy" by Richard A. Proctor
It was the east branch of Star Brook, the inlet to Star Pond.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
The firelight threw weird shadows about them, but above the stars shone calmly on, quietly reassuring.
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker
In the fresh morning dawn, in the rosy air gleams a great Star, the brightest Star of the morning.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
From this earthly life we are transported to a higher, intenser, ampler life among the stars.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
Brighter it was than any star in our skies; brighter than the evening star at its brightest.
"Tales of Space and Time" by Herbert George Wells
From star to bright star, from one end of the universe to the other.
"Starman's Quest" by Robert Silverberg
The Sun is a type G star and all I'll do is look for a type G star.
"Empire" by Clifford Donald Simak
I have spoken of 61 Cygni as a flying star, but there is another which goes still quicker, a faint star, 1830 in Groombridge's Catalogue.
"Pioneers of Science" by Oliver Lodge
A star flashed on the breast of one of them, a star dulled with mud.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
These curious stars, which appeared to wander about among the other stars, they called planets, or wanderers.
"The Children's Book of Stars" by G.E. Mitton
Brangwen went up to his room and lay staring out at the stars of the summer night, his whole being in a whirl.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
In my heart are those stars and that sun, and the LIGHT of those stars and that sun.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
A new light had come into her eyes, and they were shining like stars.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
She saw the steady stars and the twinkling stars and the vast purple depths.
"The Wall Street Girl" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
She named him Star Face, for he had a white mark, like a star, on his forehead.
"The Curlytops at Uncle Frank's Ranch" by Howard R. Garis
This defeat does not lessen him in our estimation, and we look upon him as the greatest colt of the year, with Day Star little inferior.
"History of the Kentucky Derby, 1875-1921" by John Lawrence O'Connor
With the aid of these seven magnificent stars you can find all the other interesting stars and constellations.
"Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know" by Julia Ellen Rogers
What do you know about one great star?
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
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In poetry:

Beauty was that
Far vanished flame,
Call it a star
Wanting better name.
"A Star" by Patrick Kavanagh
Night, night, 'tis night. The moon drifts low above us,
And all its gold is tangled in the stream:
Love, love, my love, and all the stars, that love us,
The stars smile down and every star's a dream.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part II" by Madison Julius Cawein
There’s a song in the air! There’s a star in the sky!
There’s a mother’s deep prayer And a baby’s low cry!
And the star rains its fire while the beautiful sing,
For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King!
"A Christmas Carol" by Josiah Gilbert Holland
Oh, was it like the young pale twilight star
that quietly breaks on the vacant sky,
is sudden there and perfect while you watch,
and, though you watch, you have not seen it dawn,
the star that only waited and awoke?
"The Happiest Girl in the World" by Augusta Davies Webster
No stars, no stars again! Oh woe! again
Night drowns me in its darkness and its gloom,
And I must crouch amidst the wind and rain,
Without one hope-gleam lightening my pain;
All things are leagued to darken down my doom.
"Star In The East" by Walter Richard Cassels
He comes with Western winds, with evening's wandering airs,
With that clear dusk of heaven that brings the thickest stars:
Winds take a pensive tone, and stars a tender fire,
And visions rise, and change, that kill me with desire.
"The Prisoner" by Emily Jane Bronte

In news:

Gong Li, one of China's biggest stars, will star in the China-U.
For a whole generation, "Star Trek" has always been on the air in some incarnation -- until UPN canceled "Star Trek.
According to Gooding, the auction company that was offering the car, it played a starring role in Gable 's famed relationship with Hollywood beauty Carole Lombard, one of America's biggest stars at the time.
Bass star James Genus will play with the Hampton Roads Jazz All Stars.
Gong Li, one of China's biggest stars, will star in the China-U.
She's already a movie star, singer, Emmy-winning Glee co-star, healthy chef (and Mario Batali BFF), Goop guru, and mother of Apple.
Former TSU hoops star hopes to be Stars hired gunner .
The newly discovered planet is depicted in this artist's conception, showing the host star as part of a triple-star system.
OGDEN — Outfielder Jeremy Rathjen was announced as the Ogden's only Pioneer League All-Star on Saturday, but the Raptors have been playing like a team of all-stars for the past two weeks.
'Star Wars' ' brightest star Harrison Ford is "open to the idea" of bringing Han Solo back for the recently announced "Star Wars.
' Haywire ' could turn MMA star Gina Carano into a movie star.
MTV, Ian Spanier Photography / AP Photo This undated image released by MTV shows "Jersey Shore" star Jenni "JWOWW" Farley in Seaside Heights, N.J. Is she engaged like her "Snooki and JWoww" co-star.
In my February 2010 column, I introduced you to Hind 's Crimson Star, also known by the variable star designation R Leporis.
Figures it'd take a trip through a black hole to get a "Star Wars" character to pop up in the "Star Trek" universe.
Enlarge Star-Ledger Entertainment Desk "The Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco, left, tweeted some fun shots of herself while vacationing in the Caribbean.
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In science:

Maeder & Meynet 1994). A third difficulty of the standard models as far as WR stars were concerned was that there were relatively too many WC stars with respect to WN stars predicted (see the review by Massey 2003).
Stellar evolution with rotation X: Wolf-Rayet star populations at solar metallicity
The picture of the empirical instability strip that emerges from our results is that of a pure strip in which no nonvariable stars are found, a conclusion that supports our claim that ZZ Ceti stars represent a phase through which all DA stars must evolve.
On the Purity of the ZZ Ceti Instability Strip: Discovery of More Pulsating DA White Dwarfs on the Basis of Optical Spectroscopy
T Tauri stars are divided into classical T Tauri stars (CTTs) and weak T Tauri stars (WTTs) largely on the basis of their Hα emission.
Evidence for high accretion-rates in Weak-Line T Tauri stars?
To determine the reliability of these distance estimates, we have run the complete sample of 140 stars used to generate the fits back through the relations (not all stars have all colors, so 140 exceeds the total number of stars used in each fit, as listed in Table 3).
The Solar Neighborhood X: New Nearby Stars in the Southern Sky and Accurate Photometric Distance Estimates for Red Dwarfs
For the purpose of comparison, 3 type H stars (red continuum), 2 type U stars (unusual spectrum) and 1 type F star (featureless) are also included.
On the difference between type E and A OH/IR stars
Dynamical evolution is unable to pair stars efficiently, which leads to the conclusion that star-forming cores must usually fragment into ≥ 2 stars.
Limits on the primordial stellar multiplicity
Samples of T Tauri stars in other nearby star-forming regions also show that T Tauri stars generally have a high fmult and a bias towards larger separations than the main-sequence sample (Duch ˆene 1999; Patience et al. 2002; Duch ˆene et al. 2004; Haisch et al. 2004).
Limits on the primordial stellar multiplicity
The collapse-induced explosion of massive stars is tightly linked to the initial mass fraction of the stars formed and to the overall star formation.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
MSF , the spawning mass for star particles, MGP , the mass of the gas particle that is creating the star, ∆t, the star formation timescale (1 Myr in all of the simulations described in this paper) and tf orm , which can be either the dynamical time or the cooling time whichever is longer.
Cosmological Simulations of Galaxy Formation I: Star Formation, Feedback, Resolution and Matching the Tully--Fisher Relation (among other things)
MSF , the spawning mass for star particles, MGP , the mass of the gas particle that is creating the star, ∆t, the star formation timescale (one Myr in all of the simulations described in this paper) and tf orm , which is either the dynamical time or the cooling time, whichever is longer.
Forming Disk Galaxies in Lambda CDM Simulations
We show how asteroseismic observations of this star could solve this question: if we can observe this star and identify the oscillation mode frequencies, we should be able to derive whether this star has been formed together with the Hyades or not.
Asteroseismology of exoplanets host stars: the special case of $\iota$ Horologii (HD17051)
Sources with small photometric excesses will either be foreground late-type stars, Of stars or genuine WN stars.
On the optical counterpart of NGC300 X-1 and the global Wolf-Rayet content of NGC300
Assuming that #37 is a WC star, with WN subtypes for all other candidates in excess of 0.15 mag, and otherwise either an Of star or foreground late-type star.
On the optical counterpart of NGC300 X-1 and the global Wolf-Rayet content of NGC300
Such stars are expected to exist among field stars in the solar vicinity but accurate determin ation of field star age is difficult.
Age-Rotation-Activity Relations for M Dwarf Stars Based on ASAS Photometric Data
These derived images contain stars to a depth of B ∼ 12 and each star is represented by a Gaussian, scaled and colored based on the star’s magnitude and B − V color.
Sky in Google Earth: The Next Frontier in Astronomical Data Discovery and Visualization
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