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[pohl-stahr] /ˈpoʊlˌstɑr/
something that serves as a guiding principle.
something that is the center of attention or attraction.
Origin of polestar
First recorded in 1545-55; pole2 + star Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I knew that constellation, for by it one of the men had taught me to find the pole-star.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • He clung to all three, he grappled them to him; they were his sheet-anchor and his pole-star.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • Some duties are so clear that they shine like the pole-star which guides the mariner.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • Let the constitution be the pole-star to direct you: without it there can be no happiness for you nor for us.

  • It is used, in a figurative sense, as synonymous with pole-star, or guide.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy

    Catherine Esther Beecher
  • He looked around, seeking the pole-star, and found it on his left.

    Tam O' The Scoots Edgar Wallace
  • After the third round they gaze at the pole-star (Arundati).

  • The pole-star, Polaris, is in the extremity of the tail, and is of the third magnitude.

    Letters on Astronomy Denison Olmsted
  • Till the advent of Clare Hartill, Elsbeth had been the pole-star of her world.

    Regiment of Women Clemence Dane
  • Breathe upon the thistle-down of these sciences, as you call them, in the orient of my pole-star.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
Word Origin and History for pole-star

the North Star (see Polaris), 1550s, from pole (n.2) + star (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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