a star-shaped character * used in printing
mark with an asterisk
"Linguists star unacceptable sentences"
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.
Alternate of Asteriscus.
To mark with an asterisk symbol (*)
Origin: From asteriscus, from ἀστερίσκος, diminutive of ἀστήρ.
the figure of a star, thus, /, used in printing and writing as a reference to a passage or note in the margin, to supply the omission of letters or words, or to mark a word or phrase as having a special character
Origin: [L. asteriscus, Gr. , dim. of 'asth`r star. See Aster.]
An asterisk is a typographical symbol or glyph. It is so called because it resembles a conventional image of a star. Computer scientists and mathematicians often pronounce it as star, or, more informally, splat. In English, an asterisk is usually five-pointed in sans-serif typefaces, six-pointed in serif typefaces, and six- or eight-pointed when handwritten. It can be used to censor swear words and vulgar or objectionable text. The asterisk is derived from the need of the printers of family trees in feudal times for a symbol to indicate date of birth. The original shape was seven-armed, each arm like a teardrop shooting from the center. In computer science, the asterisk is commonly used as a wildcard character, or to denote pointers, repetition, or multiplication.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
as′tėr-isk, n. a star, used in printing as a reference to a note at the bottom or on the margin of the page, and sometimes as a mark of the omission of words, thus *.—n. As′terism, a group or collection of small stars: a constellation: three asterisks placed to direct attention to a passage: a property of some minerals which show a star-shaped luminous figure when viewed by reflected light—e.g. the asteriated sapphire. [Gr. asteriskos, dim. of aster, a star.]
A type of known character or symbol.
* is an asterisk and is used for various purposes.
The numerical value of asterisk in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of asterisk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
There's an asterisk on it.
Unless it has massive legs, any opening under $50 million is not a triumph, it's still an asterisk. The next two weeks will tell the tale.
Our message has to be 'it's not Spider-Man with an asterisk; it's the real Spider-Man for kids of color, for adults of color and everybody else,'.
I think what people are finding that this is a pretty humorous, quintessential New York story of this person who goes 50% with trying to have a nice deed but ends up coming off with an asterisk at the end.
Governor Christie’s comments in this regard have been particularly irresponsible, though not surprising for somebody whose poll numbers are closer to an asterisk than they are double digits. Clearly this is part of the strategy to turn that around.
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Translations for asterisk
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- asteriscCatalan, Valencian
- stjerne, asteriskDanish
- Sternchen, AsteriskGerman
- steleto, asteriskoEsperanto
- asteriski, tähti-merkki, tähtiFinnish
- reulScottish Gaelic
- asterisko, steletoIdo
- 星印, アスタリスク, スター, 星号Japanese
- 애스테리스크, 별표Korean
- tanda bintangMalay
- asterisk, sterretjeDutch
- asterisc, steluțăRomanian
- астериск, звёздочкаRussian
- звездица, asterisk, zvezdica, астерискSerbo-Croatian
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