any of the heavenly bodies, except the moon, appearing as fixed luminous points in the sky at night.
Astronomy. any of the large, self-luminous, heavenly bodies, as the sun, Polaris, etc.
any heavenly body.
Astrology. a heavenly body, especially a planet, considered as influencing humankind and events.
a person's destiny, fortune, temperament, etc., regarded as influenced and determined by the stars.
a conventionalized figure usually having five or six points radiating from or disposed about a center.
this figure used as an ornament, award, badge, mark of excellence, etc.: The movie was awarded three stars.
Printing. an asterisk.
a person who is celebrated or distinguished in some art, profession, or other field.
a prominent actor, singer, or the like, especially one who plays the leading role in a performance.
U.S. Military. battle star.
a gold or bronze star worn on the ribbon of a decoration or medal to represent a second or subsequent award of the same decoration or medal.
a silver star worn in place of five gold or bronze stars.
a white spot on the forehead of a horse.
Heraldry. a mullet.
celebrated, prominent, or distinguished; preeminent: a star basketball player; a star reporter.
of or relating to a star or stars.
to set with or as with stars; spangle.
to feature as a star: an old movie starring Rudolph Valentino.
to mark with a star or asterisk, as for special notice.
to shine as a star; be brilliant or prominent.
(of a performer) to appear as a star: He starred in several productions of Shaw's plays.
Idioms about star
make someone see stars, to deal someone a severe blow causing the illusion of brilliant streaks of light before the eyes: The blow on the head made him see stars, and the next thing he knew he was in the hospital.
thank one's lucky stars, to acknowledge one's good fortune; be grateful: Instead of complaining about hospital bills she should thank her lucky stars she's still alive.: Also thank one's stars.
- star·less, adjective
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How to use star in a sentence
In the years to come, Wha became a legendary starting out spot for various soon-to-be rock stars.
The twin entrepreneurs and stars of HGTV's Property Brothers will be taking your questions live on Tuesday, December 16 at 2pm.
Like many rock stars of the time, Ramone lived there on-and-off for a time; he even detoxed from heroin there once.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings | Melissa Leon | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
During this time, Mailer also displayed an unexpected humility in the company of his fellow literary stars.Mailer’s Letters Pack a Punch and a Surprising Degree of Sweetness | Ronald K. Fried | December 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
"Our Siberian girls are admired more by Asian countries than by the West," Elite Stars school director Tatyana Fetisova told me.Is 9-Year-Old Russian Model Kristina Pimenova Too Sexualized? | Anna Nemtsova | December 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The moon seemed to smile on him; the aurora appeared to dance with unwonted vigour, as if in glee; the very stars winked at him!The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
The storm, however, was over; the moon and stars were shining in a clear sky, and the aurora was dancing merrily.The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
When it cleared, the valley was a solid expanse of white, and the stars shone out as if in an Arctic sky.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
Aristide again sought the message of the stars; but the sky was clouded over, and soon a fine rain began to fall.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
A red moon hung above the mournful hills, and the stars shone in their myriads.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for star
any of a vast number of celestial objects that are visible in the clear night sky as points of light
a hot gaseous mass, such as the sun, that radiates energy, esp as light and infrared radiation, usually derived from thermonuclear reactions in the interior, and in some cases as ultraviolet, radio waves, and X-rays. The surface temperature can range from about 2100 to 40 000°C: See also Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, giant star, white dwarf, neutron star, black hole
(as modifier): a star catalogue Related adjectives: astral, sidereal, stellar
a celestial body, esp a planet, supposed to influence events, personalities, etc
(plural) another name for horoscope (def. 1)
an emblem shaped like a conventionalized star, usually with five or more points, often used as a symbol of rank, an award, etc
a small white blaze on the forehead of an animal, esp a horse
Also called: star facet any of the eight triangular facets cut in the crown of a brilliant
a distinguished or glamorous celebrity, often from the entertainment world
(as modifier): star quality
another word for asterisk
(often capital) a type of keelboat, designed to be crewed by two people
prison slang a convict serving his first prison sentence
see stars to see or seem to see bright moving pinpoints of light, as from a blow on the head, increased blood pressure, etc
(tr) to mark or decorate with a star or stars
to feature or be featured as a star: ``Greed'' starred Erich von Stroheim; Olivier starred in ``Hamlet''
- starless, adjective
- starlike, adjective
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Scientific definitions for star
A large, spherical celestial body consisting of a mass of gas that is hot enough to sustain nuclear fusion and thus produce radiant energy. Stars begin their life cycle as clouds of gas and dust called nebulae and develop, through gravitation and accretion, into increasingly hot and dense protostars. In order to reach the temperature at which nuclear reactions are ignited (about 5 million degrees K), a protostar must have at least 80 times the mass of Jupiter. For most of its life a star fuses hydrogen into helium in its core, during which period it is known as a dwarf star and is classed according to its surface temperature and luminosity (or spectral type) on a continuum called the main sequence in the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram. When a star exhausts the hydrogen in its core, it typically develops into one of several non-main-sequence forms depending on how massive it is. Smaller stars, with masses less than eight times that of the Sun, become red giants and end their lives, after blowing away their outer layers, as white dwarfs. More massive stars become supergiants and end their lives, after exploding in a supernova, as either a neutron star or ablack hole.
Any of the celestial bodies visible to the naked eye at night as fixed, usually twinkling points of light, including binary and multiple star systems.
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Cultural definitions for star
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Other Idioms and Phrases with star
In addition to the idiom beginning with star
- stare down
- stare in the face
- stars in one's eyes, have
- born under a lucky star
- see stars
- thank one's lucky stars
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