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North Star

noun, Astronomy.
Origin of North Star
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400 Unabridged
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  • Now, after that same storm in which the North Star—that was the name of the ship, was it not?

  • I am freezing,” answered the North Star; “that is why I shake.

    Fairy Book Sophie May
  • He is of Massachusetts, and too near the North Star to be reached by the honorable gentleman's telescope.

  • I was assured that on this date I could make connection with the North Star for the south.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • It is like the point of a compass, the North Star that the mariner sees, or the star of the desert.

British Dictionary definitions for North Star

North Star

the North Star, another name for Polaris (sense 1)
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Word Origin and History for North Star

"Pole Star, Polaris," Middle English norþe sterre (late 14c.); cf. Middle Dutch noirdstern, German nordstern.

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North Star in Science
North Star  
See Polaris.
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North Star in Culture
North Star (Polaris)

A star positioned along the line in space that includes the axis of rotation of the Earth. For this reason, the star does not appear to move in the sky, but remains fixed above the North Pole.

Note: Locating the North Star is useful in navigation.
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