asterisk

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v asterisk mark with an asterisk "Linguists star unacceptable sentences"
    • n asterisk a star-shaped character * used in printing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Asterisk The figure of a star, thus, *, used in printing and writing as a reference to a passage or note in the margin, to supply the omission of letters or words, or to mark a word or phrase as having a special character.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n asterisk The figure of a star (*), used in printing and writing— as a reference to a passage or note in the margin; to distinguish words or phrases as conjectural, theoretical, unverified, obscure, or as having some other specified character; to mark the omission of words or letters; and arbitrarily, as a mark of classification.
    • n asterisk Something in the shape of or resembling an asterisk.
    • n asterisk In the Gr. Ch., a frame consisting of two arches of metal, crossing each other at right angles, placed on the paten and over the prepared bread of the eucharist to prevent contact with the covering veil.
    • asterisk To insert an asterisk (in a text) as the reference to a foot-note or for any other reason for which an asterisk is used. See asterisk, 1.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Asterisk as′tėr-isk a star, used in printing as a reference to a note at the bottom or on the margin of the page, and sometimes as a mark of the omission of words, thus *
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. asteriscus, Gr., dim. of 'asth`r star. See Aster
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. asteriskos, dim. of aster, a star.

Usage

In literature:

An asterisk denotes that the book is in the press.
"Werwolves" by Elliott O'Donnell
The hour of asterisks.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
As the last gay asterisk faded from before his blinking eyes Red Hoss found himself sitting down on a hard concrete sidewalk.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
Those that were present on the station at the beginning of the war are shown with an asterisk.
"History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4)" by Frederick Maurice
The series marked by an asterisk have already been demonstrated experimentally.
"Mendelism" by Reginald Crundall Punnett
The London copies are full of asterisks, marking the places of cancelled passages.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851" by Various
Lengthy text in the "Wind" column is marked with two asterisks and rendered below the table.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
Those marked with an asterisk have separate articles.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 2" by Various
Species added since the first edition are marked with an asterisk.
"Island Life" by Alfred Russel Wallace
Its fellow has asterisks to represent the person to whom it was sent, and neither asterisks nor name to represent the sender.
"The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1" by Alexander Pope
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In poetry:

His body was green with a metal brightness
Like an emerald set in a kind of whiteness,
And all down his curling length were disks,
Evil vermilion asterisks,
They paled and flooded
As wounds fresh-blooded.
"The Book Of Hours Of Sister Clotilde" by Amy Lowell

In news:

There would be no claims of cheating, no asterisks or whatever.
Tell us about your news tip * Fields marked with a red asterisk are required.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Wall Street pay hit a record (asterisk attached) last year at $140 billion.
But we do it with a asterisk if you will.
I often use TAPI within Outlook to click-to- dial my contacts through our Asterisk-based PBX.
Asterisks indicate Republicans who backed Sen Jim DeMint's (R-S. C.) proposed moratorium in March.
Even with its asterisk-worthy circumstances, the team's 38-3 romp over St Louis on Sunday gave the Indy faithful a chance to smile.
Not just because it spray-painted an asterisk on Johan Santana's magical Mets no-hitter.
Packed AstriCon Session on ' Intro to Asterisk Development'.
Tagged asterisk, astricon, voip: Related Tags.
Tuesday marked the Blu-ray debut of Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures (Paramount, $99.98), and I wish that title had an asterisk.
Dan Jenkins Discusses Asterisk, HTML5, NodeJS with CRM Integration.
The next two beers debuting are slated as future Mystic Brewery releases, Saison Asterisk and Flor Ventus, and are both a part of Mystic 's extensive barrel program.
Four of them, including this year's storm, are hurricanes, and the two denoted with asterisks are tropical storms.
Asterisk," said Sporty's Vice President John Zimmerman in the seminar "iPad 101," at AOPA Aviation Summit Oct 11.
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In science:

The asterisk denotes the top gmax genus contributions.
On the finiteness of N=8 quantum supergravity
The W74 value for those stars with a new estimate of MV but not observed in SPM has been adopted from paper I, these cases are marked with an asterisk in Table 1 and plotted as circles in Figs. 1b and 6b.
A revised calibration of the Mv-W(OI 7774) relationship using Hipparcos data: Its application to Cepheids and evolved stars
Et ± Eχ ) − and the asterisk denotes complex conjugation.
Generating Gowdy cosmological models
The asterisk marks a bright foreground star.
Colliding molecular clouds in head-on galaxy collisions
Asterisks mark the positions of some galactic stars which could be confused with other features.
Colliding molecular clouds in head-on galaxy collisions
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