Little Dipper

noun Astronomy.

the group of seven bright stars in Ursa Minor resembling a dipper in outline.

Origin of Little Dipper

First recorded in 1835–45
Also called Dipper. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for little dipper

Little Dipper


the Little Dipper US and Canadian a small faint constellation, the brightest star of which is the Pole Star, lying 1° from the true celestial poleAlso known as: Ursa Minor, the Bear, the Little Bear
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little dipper in Science

Little Dipper


An asterism composed of seven stars in the constellation Ursa Minor that form the outline of a dipper.
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