- something that serves as a guiding principle.
- something that is the center of attention or attraction.
Origin of polestar
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Examples from the Web for pole-star
I knew that constellation, for by it one of the men had taught me to find the pole-star.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
He clung to all three, he grappled them to him; they were his sheet-anchor and his pole-star.The Scapegoat
Some duties are so clear that they shine like the pole-star which guides the mariner.The Faith Doctor
Let the constitution be the pole-star to direct you: without it there can be no happiness for you nor for us.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil
It is used, in a figurative sense, as synonymous with pole-star, or guide.A Treatise on Domestic Economy</p>
Catherine Esther Beecher
Word Origin and History for pole-star
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