EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN Origin of North Star Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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Word Origin and History for north star n.
"Pole Star, Polaris," Middle English
norþe sterre (late 14c.); cf. Middle Dutch noirdstern, German nordstern.
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star positioned along the line in space that includes the axis (see also axis) of rotation of the Earth. For this reason, the star does not appear to move in the sky, but remains fixed above the North Pole. Note
Locating the North Star is useful in navigation.
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