- 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." [Chaucer.]
- The polestar; the north 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." [Shak.]"Blesses his stars, and thinks it luxury." [Addison.]
- 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.]
- 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.
- [Pyrotechny] A composition of combustible matter used in the heading of rockets, in mines, etc., which, exploding in the air, presents a starlike appearance.
- A person of brilliant and attractive qualities, especially on public occasions, as a distinguished orator, a leading theatrical performer, etc.
Note: ☞ The stars are distinguished as planets, and fixed stars. See Planet Fixed stars under Fixed, and Magnitude of a star under Magnitude.
Note: ☞ 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.
Etymology: 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. sternerecf. 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