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North Star

noun Astronomy.
  1. Polaris.
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Origin of North Star

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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Examples from the Web for north star

Historical Examples

  • But the North-star answered: 'I would not tell thee even if I knew.

    Finnish Legends for English Children

    R. Eivind

  • Rising from my lair, I was soon homeward bound, guided by the north-star and an oriental constellation.

    The Iron Furnace

    John H. Aughey

  • And next Mariatta asked the Moon, and received the same answer as the North-star had given.

British Dictionary definitions for north star

North Star

  1. the North Star another name for Polaris (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for north star

North Star


"Pole Star, Polaris," Middle English norþe sterre (late 14c.); cf. Middle Dutch noirdstern, German nordstern.

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north star in Science

North Star

  1. See Polaris.
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north star in Culture

North Star

A 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.

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Locating the North Star is useful in navigation.
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