Definitions for asteriskˈæs tə rɪsk; -rɪsk; ˈæs tə rɪks; ˈæs tə rɪk

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  1. asterisk, star(verb)

    a star-shaped character * used in printing

  2. star, asterisk(verb)

    mark with an asterisk

    "Linguists star unacceptable sentences"

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  1. asterisk(Noun)

    Symbol (*).

  2. asterisk(Noun)

    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.

  3. asterisk(Noun)

    Alternate of Asteriscus.

  4. asterisk(Verb)

    To mark with an asterisk symbol (*)

  5. Origin: From asteriscus, from ἀστερίσκος, diminutive of ἀστήρ.

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Asterisk(noun)

    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

  2. Origin: [L. asteriscus, Gr. , dim. of 'asth`r star. See Aster.]

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  1. Asterisk

    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.

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  1. sarkiest, skaiters

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