- The definition of an asterisk is a symbol that is a six pointed star that is most often used to denote an absence or omission of information, or to refer a reader to a notation.
An example of when an asterisk might be used is to take the place of an omitted letter in a curse word.
- To asterisk is defined as to use the six pointed star as a notation device.
An example of something you may asterisk is a price in order to refer a reader to a footnote explaining the conditions of the pricing.
Origin of asteriskLate Latin asteriscus from Classical Greek asteriskos, diminutive of ast?r, star
- A star-shaped figure (*) used chiefly to indicate an omission, a reference to a footnote, or an unattested word, sound, or affix.
- Mathematics A symbol used to indicate multiplication, as in 2 * 3 = 6.
transitive verbas·ter·isked, as·ter·isk·ing, as·ter·isks
Origin of asteriskMiddle English from Late Latin asteriscus from Greek asteriskos diminutive of astēr star ; see ster-3 in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: The phonological phenomenon of metathesis involves the transposition of sounds or syllables in a word. Metathesis is responsible for the common rendering of ask as aks or ax. (This issue is discussed comprehensively at ax. ) Similarly, one sometimes hears asterisk pronounced with the “sk” transposed to produce a (ks) sound, as though the word were spelled asterix or astericks. Then, perhaps because this symbol is often written as one of a series (as ***, for example), some people apparently infer that astericks is the plural of a singular asterick , pronounced with just a final (k) sound. In 2014, the Usage Panel overwhelmingly preferred the traditional pronunciation for asterisk, although 24 percent found the asterix pronunciation acceptable and 19 percent found asterick acceptable. A mere 7 percent personally preferred the asterix pronunciation, and only 6 percent preferred the asterick one. See Usage Note at ax2.
- Symbol (*).
- (sports, US) A blemish in an otherwise outstanding achievement.
- They came into the tournament highly ranked, but with a little bit of an asterisk as their last two wins had been unconvincing.
- (biology) Alternate of Asteriscus.
(third-person singular simple present asterisks, present participle asterisking, simple past and past participle asterisked)
- To mark with an asterisk symbol (*)
From Late Latin asteriscus, from Ancient Greek ἀστερίσκος (asteriskos, “a little star, asterisk, used in manuscripts to mark passages”), diminutive of ἀστήρ (aster, “a star”).
asterisk - Computer Definition
(1) See Asterisk PBX.
(2) In programming, the asterisk or "star" symbol (*) means multiplication. For example, 10 * 7 means 10 multiplied by 7. The * is also a key on computer keypads for entering expressions using multiplication. Sometimes called a "splat," the asterisk is also used in programming as a dereferencing symbol. See dereference and star-dot-star.
(3) On calculator keyboards, the * key is the total key, and the "X" key is the multiplication key.