Star is defined as a bright point of light in the sky or a five-sided drawing that is meant to resemble the points of light in the sky.noun
- An example of star is what makes up the Big Dipper constellation.
- An example of star is a drawing of a five-sided point of light.
The definition of a star is a famous person or celebrity.noun
An example of a star is Brad Pitt.
To star is to take a lead role or take all the attention, especially in a movie or film.verb
An example of star is when you play the love interest in a romantic comedy movie.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- any of the luminous celestial objects seen as points of light in the sky; esp., any self-luminous celestial body having continuous nuclear reactions which send heat, light, etc. in all directions
- a conventionalized flat figure having (usually five or six) symmetrical projecting points, regarded as a representation of a star of the sky
- any mark, shape, emblem, or the like resembling such a figure, often used as an award, symbol of rank or authority, etc.
- Astrol. a zodiacal constellation or a planet regarded as influencing human fate or destiny
- fate; destiny; fortune
- a person who excels or performs brilliantly in a given activity, esp. a sport
- a prominent actor or actress, esp. one playing a leading role and having special billing in a given production
Origin: ME sterre < OE steorra, akin to Goth stairnō, Cornish sterenn < IE base *ster-, a star > Gr astēr, L stella (dim. < *ster-ela), star
- to mark or set with stars as a decoration
- to mark with one or more stars as a grade of quality
- to mark with an asterisk
- to present or feature (an actor or actress) in a leading role
- to perform brilliantly; excel
- to perform as a star, as in a theatrical production
- having exceptional skill and talent; outstanding; excelling others; leading: a star performer
- of a star or stars
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- a. A self-luminous celestial body consisting of a mass of gas held together by its own gravity in which the energy generated by nuclear reactions in the interior is balanced by the outflow of energy to the surface, and the inward-directed gravitational forces are balanced by the outward-directed gas and radiation pressures.b. Any of the celestial bodies visible at night from Earth as relatively stationary, usually twinkling points of light.c. Something regarded as resembling such a celestial body.
- A graphic design having five or more radiating points, often used as a symbol of rank or merit.
- a. An artistic performer or athlete whose leading role or superior performance is acknowledged.b. One who is highly celebrated in a field or profession.
- a. An asterisk (*).b. The star key on a telephone: For customer service, press star.
- A white spot on the forehead of a horse.
- A planet or constellation of the zodiac believed in astrology to influence personal destiny.
- stars The future; destiny. Often used with the.
- Outstanding or famous, especially in performing something: a star researcher; a star figure skater.
- Of or relating to a star or stars.
- a. To ornament with stars.b. To award or mark with a star for excellence.
- To mark with an asterisk.
- To present or feature (a performer) in a leading role.
- To play the leading role in a theatrical or film production.
- To do an outstanding job; perform excellently.
Origin: Middle English sterre, from Old English steorra; see ster-3 in Indo-European roots.
star - Computer Definition
The Xerox workstation that officially introduced the graphical user interface and desktop metaphor in 1981. It was the inspiration for Xerox's subsequent computers and for Apple's Lisa and Macintosh. All graphical user interfaces owe their roots to the Star. See Alto.
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star - Cultural Definition
- Our own sun is a medium-sized star.
- Each star has a definite lifetime and dies when it uses up its supply of fuel. (See black hole, neutron star, supernova, and white dwarf.)
- All chemical elements heavier than helium are created in the center of stars and are returned to space when the star dies.
- New stars are forming constantly.
star - Phrases/Idioms
thank one's (lucky) stars
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have stars in (one's) eyes
star - Science Definition
- 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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