Altair

[ al-tair, -tahyuh r, al-tair, -tahyuh r ]
/ ˈæl tɛər, -taɪər, ælˈtɛər, -ˈtaɪər /

noun

a first-magnitude star in the constellation Aquila.

Origin of Altair

< Arabic (al-nasr) al-ṭā'ir (the) flying (eagle)
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British Dictionary definitions for altair

Altair

/ (ˈæltɛə) /

noun

the brightest star in the constellation Aquila. Visual magnitude: 0.77; spectral type: A7V; distance: 16.8 light years

Word Origin for Altair

Arabic, from al the + tā'ir bird
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Science definitions for altair

Altair

[ ăl-târ, -tīr ]

A bright white star in the constellation Aquila. Altair is a main-sequence star in the Hertzprung-Russell diagram. It is the 12th brightest star in the night sky, with an apparent magnitude of 0.77. Altair, along with Vega and Deneb, form the Summer Triangle asterism. Scientific name: Alpha Aquilae.
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