the group of seven bright stars in Ursa Major resembling a dipper in outline.
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Origin of Big Dipper
First recorded in 1865–70
Also called Dipper.
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British Dictionary definitions for big dipper (1 of 2)
the US and Canadian name for Plough
British Dictionary definitions for big dipper (2 of 2)
(in amusement parks) a narrow railway with open carriages that run swiftly over a route of sharp curves and steep inclinesAlso called: roller coaster
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Science definitions for big dipper
An asterism composed of seven stars in the constellation Ursa Major. Four stars form the bowl and three form the handle in the outline of a dipper.
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Culture definitions for big dipper
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.