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Meaning of star by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Stars ( 1, 2 )
    A star shape ( 3 )


    From Middle English sterre, from Old English steorra ( “star” ), from Proto-Germanic *sternaz ( “star” ), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂stḗr. Cognate with Dutch ster ( “star” ), German Stern ( “star” ), Swedish stjärna ( “star” ), Latin stēlla ( “star” ), Ancient Greek ἀστήρ ( astēr, “star” ) .


    • enPR: stär, IPA: /stɑɹ/, X-SAMPA: /stAr/
      • ( UK ) IPA: [stɑː( ɹ )], X-SAMPA: [stA:( r\ )]
      • ( US ) IPA: [stɑɹ], [stɑ˞], X-SAMPA: [stAr\]
    • Rhymes: -ɑː( ɹ )


    star ( plural: stars )

    1. Any small luminous dot appearing in the cloudless portion of the night sky, especially with a fixed location relative to other such dots .
    2. ( astronomy ) A luminous celestial body, made up of plasma ( particularly hydrogen and helium ) and having a spherical shape. Depending on context the sun may or may not be included .
    3. ( geometry ) A concave polygon with regular, pointy protrusions and indentations, generally with five or six points .
    4. A widely-known person; a celebrity .
    5. ( acting ) Actors in leading roles in movies, television shows and other dramatic media .
    6. An exceptionally talented person, often in a specific field .
      His teacher tells us he is a star pupil .
    7. ( printing ) An asterisk ( * ) .
    8. A symbol used to rate hotels, films, etc. with a higher number of stars denoting better quality .
    9. A simple dance, or part of a dance, where a group of four dancers each put their right or left hand in the middle and turn around in a circle. You call them right-hand stars or left-hand stars, depending on the hand which is in the middle .


    • ( astronomy ): * ( abbreviation )


    • Wikisaurus:star


    • German: Star


    star ( third-person singular simple present stars present participle starring, simple past and past participle starred )

    1. To appear as a featured performer or headliner, especially in an entertainment program .
    2. To mark with a star or asterisk .

    See also


    • arts
    • rats
    • tars
    • tsar

Explanation of star by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. mark with an asterisk

    2. Linguists star unacceptable sentences
    3. be the star in a performance

    4. feature as the star

    5. The movie stars Dustin Hoffman as an autistic man
    1. indicating the most important performer or role

    2. a star figure skater
      the starring role
    1. the topology of a network whose components are connected to a hub

    2. a star-shaped character * used in printing

    3. a celestial body of hot gases that radiates energy derived from thermonuclear reactions in the interior

    4. any celestial body visible ( as a point of light ) from the Earth at night

    5. someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field

    6. a performer who receives prominent billing

    7. an actor who plays a principal role

    8. a plane figure with 5 or more points

    Definition of star by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Star ( stär ), n. [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. ἀστήρ, ἄστρον, 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.]
      1. One of the innumerable luminous bodies seen in the heavens; any heavenly body other than the sun, moon, comets, and nebulae.

      His eyen twinkled in his head aright,

      As do the stars in the frosty night. Chaucer.

      ☞ The stars are distinguished as planets, and fixed stars. See Planet, Fixed stars under Fixed, and Magnitude of a star under Magnitude.

      2. The polestar; the north star. Shak.

      3. ( 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. Shak.

      Blesses his stars, and thinks it luxury. Addison.

      4. 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. Tennyson.

      5. 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.

      6. ( Pyrotechny ) A composition of combustible matter used in the heading of rockets, in mines, etc., which, exploding in the air, presents a starlike appearance.

      7. A person of brilliant and attractive qualities, especially on public occasions, as a distinguished orator, a leading theatrical performer, etc.

      ☞ Star is used in the formation of compound words generally of obvious signification; as, star-aspiring, star-bespangled, star-bestudded, star-blasting, star-bright, star-crowned, star-directed, star-eyed, star-headed, star-paved, star-roofed, star-sprinkled, star-wreathed.

      Blazing star, Double star, Multiple star, Shooting star, etc. See under Blazing, Double, etc. -- Nebulous star ( Astron. ), a small well-defined circular nebula, having a bright nucleus at its center like a star. -- Star anise ( Bot. ), any plant of the genus Illicium; -- so called from its star-shaped capsules. -- Star apple ( Bot. ), a tropical American tree ( Chrysophyllum Cainito ), having a milky juice and oblong leaves with a silky-golden pubescence beneath. It bears an applelike fruit, the carpels of which present a starlike figure when cut across. The name is extended to the whole genus of about sixty species, and the natural order ( Sapotaceae ) to which it belongs is called the Star-apple family. -- Star conner, one who cons, or studies, the stars; an astronomer or an astrologer. Gascoigne. -- Star coral ( Zool. ), any one of numerous species of stony corals belonging to Astraea, Orbicella, and allied genera, in which the calicles are round or polygonal and contain conspicuous radiating septa. -- Star
      cucumber. ( Bot. ) See under Cucumber. -- Star flower. ( Bot. ) A plant of the genus Ornithogalum; star-of-Bethlehem. See Starwort An American plant of the genus Trientalis ( Trientalis Americana ). Gray. -- Star fort ( Fort. ), a fort surrounded on the exterior with projecting angles; -- whence the name. -- Star gauge ( Ordnance ), a long rod, with adjustable points projecting radially at its end, for measuring the size of different parts of the bore of a gun. -- Star grass. ( Bot. ) A small grasslike plant ( Hypoxis erecta ) having star-shaped yellow flowers. The colicroot. See Colicroot. -- Star hyacinth ( Bot. ), a bulbous plant of the genus Scilla ( Scilla autumnalis ); -- called also star-headed hyacinth. -- Star jelly ( Bot. ), any one of several gelatinous plants ( Nostoc commune, Nostoc edule, etc. ). See Nostoc. -- Star lizard. ( Zool. ) Same as Stellion. -- Star-of-Bethlehem ( Bot. ), a bulbous liliaceous plant ( Ornithogalum umbellatum ) having a small white starlike flower. --
      Star-of-the-earth ( Bot. ), a plant of the genus Plantago ( Plantago coronopus ), growing upon the seashore. -- Star polygon ( Geom. ), a polygon whose sides cut each other so as to form a star-shaped figure. -- Stars and Stripes, a popular name for the flag of the United States, which consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, alternately red and white, and a union having, in a blue field, white stars to represent the several States, one for each.

      With the old flag, the true American flag, the Eagle, and the Stars and Stripes, waving over the chamber in which we sit. D. Webster.

      -- Star showers. See Shooting star, under Shooting. -- Star thistle ( Bot. ), an annual composite plant ( Centaurea solstitialis ) having the involucre armed with stout radiating spines. -- Star wheel ( Mach. ), a star-shaped disk, used as a kind of ratchet wheel, in repeating watches and the feed motions of some machines. -- Star worm ( Zool. ), a gephyrean. -- Temporary star ( Astron. ), a star which appears suddenly, shines for a period, and then nearly or quite disappears. These stars were supposed by some astronomers to be variable stars of long and undetermined periods. More recently, variations star in start intensity are classified more specifically, and Star ( stär ), n. [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. ἀστήρ, ἄστρον, Skr. star; perhaps from a root meaning, to scatter, Skr. st
    2. Star ( stär ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Starred ( stärd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Starring.] To set or adorn with stars, or bright, radiating bodies; to bespangle; as, “a robe starred with gems”. “A sable curtain starred with gold.” Young.

    3. Star, v. i. 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.
      W. Irving.