What does asterisk mean?

Definitions for asterisk
ˈæs tə rɪsk; -rɪsk; ˈæs tə rɪks; ˈæs tə rɪkas·ter·isk

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. asterisk, starverb

    a star-shaped character * used in printing

  2. star, asteriskverb

    mark with an asterisk

    "Linguists star unacceptable sentences"

Wiktionary

  1. asterisknoun

    Symbol (*).

    Etymology: From asteriscus, from ἀστερίσκος, diminutive of ἀστήρ.

  2. asterisknoun

    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.

    Etymology: From asteriscus, from ἀστερίσκος, diminutive of ἀστήρ.

  3. asterisknoun

    Alternate of Asteriscus.

    Etymology: From asteriscus, from ἀστερίσκος, diminutive of ἀστήρ.

  4. asteriskverb

    To mark with an asterisk symbol (*)

    Etymology: From asteriscus, from ἀστερίσκος, diminutive of ἀστήρ.

Wikipedia

  1. Asterisk

    An asterisk (*); from Late Latin asteriscus, from Ancient Greek ἀστερίσκος, asteriskos, "little star", is a typographical symbol or glyph. It is so called because it resembles a conventional image of a star. Computer scientists and mathematicians often vocalize it as star (as, for example, in the A* search algorithm or C*-algebra). 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 is often used to censor offensive words, and on the Internet, to indicate a correction to a previous message. In computer science, the asterisk is commonly used as a wildcard character, or to denote pointers, repetition, or multiplication.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Asterisknoun

    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

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

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Asterisk

    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.]

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  1. sarkiest, skaiters

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of asterisk in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of asterisk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of asterisk in a Sentence

  1. Jeff Bock:

    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.

  2. Chuck Schumer:

    The verdict of this kangaroo court will be meaningless. By refusing the facts, by refusing witnesses and documents the Republican majority has placed a giant asterisk, the asterisk of a sham trial, next to the acquittal of President Donald Trump, written in permanent ink, acquittal in an unfair trial with this giant asterisk, the asterisk of a sham trial, is worth nothing at all to President Donald Trump or anybody else.

  3. Paula Cannon:

    The big kind of asterisk, if you like, against all of these studies, is that they are really dealing with massively incomplete information, were all guessing what the true infection rates and the case fatality rates are because there isnt widespread uniform testing in every country.

  4. Edward Jones analyst Matt Arnold:

    There's an asterisk on it.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    Woman called often beauty is so haughty that she accepts her mistakes only with a small asterisk that says *Big Conditions apply.

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