- Astronomy. the polestar or North Star, a star of the second magnitude situated close to the north pole of the heavens, in the constellation Ursa Minor: the outermost star in the handle of the Little Dipper.
- a two-stage U.S. ballistic missile, usually fired from a submerged submarine.
Origin of Polaris
- a distinctive English argot in use since at least the 18th century among groups of theatrical and circus performers and in certain homosexual communities, derived largely from Italian, directly or through Lingua Franca.
Origin of Polari
Examples from the Web for polaris
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June 21, 2012
Larry Kramer is senior adviser at Polaris Venture Partners, a venture-capital firm.Why the End of Newspapers Is Not the End of News
February 26, 2009
Larry Kramer is senior advisor at Polaris Venture Partners, a national venture-capital firm.How Newspapers Can Survive
January 19, 2009
Larry Kramer is senior adviser at Polaris Venture Partners, a national venture capital firm.Who Shot Network Television?
December 15, 2008
Ramsey went up the gangway and got his gear from the Polaris.Equation of Doom
Yet his rating called him an experienced man on the Polaris run.The Colors of Space
Marion Zimmer Bradley
A morning twilight sight for a fix or, at least, for latitude by Polaris.Lectures in Navigation
Ernest Gallaudet Draper
The Polaris came in sight, but paid no attention to signals.Notable Voyagers
W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
We're to take the Polaris to the exposition and land on the fairgrounds.On the Trail of the Space Pirates
- Also called: the Pole Star, the North Star the brightest star in the constellation Ursa Minor, situated slightly less than 1° from the north celestial pole. It is a Cepheid variable, with a period of four days. Visual magnitude: 2.08–2.17; spectral type: F8Ib
- a type of US two-stage intermediate-range ballistic missile, usually fired by a submerged submarine
- (as modifier)a Polaris submarine
- an English slang that is derived from the Lingua Franca of Mediterranean ports; brought to England by sailors from the 16th century onwards. A few words survive, esp in male homosexual slang
Word Origin and History for polaris
1769, short for stella polaris, Modern Latin, literally "the pole star" (see polar). The ancient Greeks called it Phoenice, "the Phoenician (star)," because the Phoenicians used it for navigation, though due to precession of the equinoxes it was not then the pole star. Also see pole (n.2). The Old English word for it was Scip-steorra "ship-star," reflecting its importance in navigation. As the name of a U.S. Navy long-range submarine-launched guided nuclear missile, it dates from 1957.
- A bright star at the end of the handle of the Little Dipper in the constellation Ursa Minor. Polaris is 1° from the north celestial pole, and it remains in the same location in the sky all year, making it a useful navigation tool. Polaris is actually a double star with a faint companion star and has an apparent magnitude of 2.04. Also called North Star. Scientific name: Alpha Ursae Minoris.