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 (*).

  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.

  3. asterisknoun

    Alternate of Asteriscus.

  4. asteriskverb

    To mark with an asterisk symbol (*)

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Asterisknoun

    A mark in printing or writing, in form of a little star; as *.

    Etymology: ἀστέϱίσϰος.

    He also published the translation of the Septuagint by itself, having first compared it with the Hebrew, and noted by asterisks what was defective, and by obelisks what was redundant. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmol. Sacra, b. iv.

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.

ChatGPT

  1. asterisk

    An asterisk is a symbol (*) used in text-based content as a typographic character to signify a footnote, annotation, reference mark, multiplication, or the omission of letters or words. It is also used in computing to denote various functions, such as a wildcard character or an emphasis mark in markdown language.

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

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

Wikidata

  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

  2. 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. Billie Jean:

    She's going to be a superstar and she already is, but now it's just the beginning, there should be no asterisk, she won fair and square. She was definitely playing better than Serena Williams from the get-go, so this is hers and hers 100 % no matter what was happening with the chaos.

  2. Thomas Robertson:

    Left are just mad because we actually attacked the government who is the problem … The right IN ONE DAY took the f(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk) U.S. Capitol. Keep poking us.

  3. 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.

  4. Lia Thomas:

    Because the rules are not correct. But right now, the rules are what they are, maybe put an asterisk there.

  5. Brian Bendis:

    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,'.

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