verb (used with object)
Origin of asterisk
Examples from the Web for asterisk
In a year with less unrest economically, that would be an asterisk.Can This Ornery Socialist Spoil the Clinton Coronation?|David Freedlander|July 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But now, in the name of religion, some people want to add an asterisk.A Victory for ‘Religious Freedom’ is a Loss for Religion|Gene Robinson|June 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead of guessing, put an asterisk in the vacant spot and have the search engine figure it out for you.
The asterisk for the inevitable deluge of commenters noting that the honor isn't actually a Nobel Prize.
Sure, he only has the single Open to his name, but his staying power puts an asterisk next to that.
Everywhere in the missal where an asterisk occurs they pause, and say in a low voice, "Jesus-Marie-Joseph."Les Misrables|Victor Hugo
Those marked with an asterisk were cases of pronounced high stress.The Anatomy of Bridgework|William Henry Thorpe
In the literature sections books marked with an asterisk are those which the student will find more immediately useful.
In the following tables, an asterisk means that the species is not found in any other distinct region of the globe.A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia (Volume 2 of 2)|Charles Darwin
Most of these are recollected by Professor Cromwell and those with the asterisk are furnished by others.
British Dictionary definitions for asterisk
- (in historical linguistics) this sign used to indicate an unattested reconstructed form
- (in descriptive linguistics) this sign used to indicate that an expression is ungrammatical or in some other way unacceptable
Word Origin for asterisk
Word Origin and History for asterisk
"figure used in printing and writing to indicate footnote, omission, etc.," late 14c., asterich, asterisc, from Late Latin asteriscus, from Greek asterikos "little star," diminutive of aster "star" (see astro-). As a verb from 1733.