Dog Star

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Dog Star 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."
    • Dog Star See in the Vocabulary.
    • Dog Star Sirius, a star of the constellation Canis Major, or the Greater Dog, and the brightest star in the heavens; -- called also Canicula, and, in astronomical charts, α Canis Majoris. See Dog days.
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Usage

In literature:

He sat at the window, counting the stars as they came into his rectangle of faded blue, and was glad that he now had a dog.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
The dog-star must have turned upside-down.
"Davy and The Goblin" by Charles E. Carryl
She loved to pass in front of the Horse Shoe, where stars lived, real ones, not performing dogs.
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
Then is when the Dog-star rages, and it is apt to be 'catching' weather.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
The dog, lying at his feet, seemed to be listening to his master with mild, gentle eyes, in the depths of which a star was reflected.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
The night was covered with stars, a warm wind blowing in the distance; the dogs were barking.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
An irregularity of motion resembling that of Sirius has been detected with regard to Procyon, the lesser dog-star.
"The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'" by Thomas Orchard
He lay watching with hot, dogged eyes the brilliant stars.
"Red Men and White" by Owen Wister
It is rather a hard name, but he came from the Dog Star, and the language there is somewhat difficult.
"Five Mice in a Mouse-trap" by Laura E. Richards
Dogs salute the stars in chorus.
"Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land" by Henry Van Dyke
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In poetry:

On uplands bleak and bare to wind
Beneath a maze of stars I strode;
Phantoms of Fear haunted the road,
Dogging my footsteps close behind.
"The Companions" by Ivor Gurney
Sweet is thy reign, but short; The red dog-star
Shall scorch thy tresses, and the mower's scythe
Thy greens, thy flow'rets all,
Remorseless shall destroy.
"Ode To Spring" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
Gives rise to harmonies beyond belief,
A cast of stars . . . . Is there in Victor's heart
No honey for the vanquished?Art is art.
The life it asks of us is a dog's life.
"The Victor Dog" by James Merrill
The hour is at hand, and the moment draws nigh;
The dog-star of treason grows dim in the sky;
Shine forth from the battle-cloud, light of the morn,
Call back the bright hour when the Nation was born!
"The Last Charge" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"See how the stars begin to gleam
"The sheep-dog barks, 'tis time to go;—
"The night-fly hums, the moonlight beam
"Peeps through the yew-tree's shadowy row—
"It falls upon the white grave-stone,
"Where my dear mother sleeps alone.—
"All Alone" by Mary Darby Robinson
The Dog-star's cruel season, with its fierce and blazing heat,
Has never sent its scorching rays into thy glad retreat;
The oxen, wearied with the plow, the herd which wanders near,
Have found a grateful respite and delicious coolness here.
"To The Fountain Of Bandusia" by Roswell Martin Field

In news:

Galaxy's Cutest Dog Wears 'Star Wars' Cone .
Dog in wheelchair becomes a star.
Dizzy Grant, star dribbler for the Harlem Globetrotters, and his dog Saber are the newest faces of "Show Your Soft Side," a promotional campaign created by the City of Baltimore to combat animal abuse.
The former Hannah Montana star is also a parent to dogs Ziggy, Floyd, Happy, Mary Jane and Penny Lane.
CARL E FEATHER / Star Beacon TONY ROMANO has purchased a 28-passenger bus that will be used for his Lights on the Lake tour that departs from his hot dog shop in the harbor.
Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger The Olate Dogs are all smiles backstage after winning America's Got Talent.
Under dazzling sunny skies, with temperatures in the single digits, skijorers and their dogs were tested on the freshly groomed trails at the North Star Golf Club .
Under dazzling sunny skies, with temperatures in the single digits, skijorers and their dogs were tested on the freshly groomed trails at the North Star Golf Club.
"Monster's Ball" star opens up about dad's violence toward her mom and pet dog.
Denver author Peter Heller 's debut novel "The Dog Stars".
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller ( ).
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller (Knopf Doubleday).
A star-crossed meeting at The Hot Dog club turns sour for writer.
GLEE star LEA MICHELE is reconsidering her fake tan regime after an accident with a dog left her with embarrassing streaks all over her legs.
Jasper, the dog in question, belongs to Cohen's wife, the TV star Meredith Vieira.
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In science:

Dog Star, largest of all the fixed stars [p. 46].
Regarding the Potential Impact of Double Star Observations on Conceptions of the Universe of Stars in the Early 17th Century
This final criterion is designed to exclude heavily reddened AGN or dust obscured galaxies (DOGs; Dey et al. 2008) as well as AGB stars which meet the second criterion, but continue to brighten in the longer wavelength IRAC passbands, unlike brown dwarfs (Figure 1).
Ultracool Field Brown Dwarf Candidates Selected at 4.5 microns
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