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Definitions for asterisk
ˈæs tə rɪsk; -rɪsk; ˈæs tə rɪks; ˈæs tə rɪkas·ter·isk
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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 (*)
Etymology: From asteriscus, from ἀστερίσκος, diminutive of ἀστήρ.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A mark in printing or writing, in form of a little star; as *.
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.
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.
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.]
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.]
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The numerical value of asterisk in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of asterisk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Examples of asterisk in a Sentence
White House spokesman Josh Earnest:
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.
It sounds like you’re trying to put an asterisk on the 2020 election which only feeds this conspiracy nonsense that is wrecking this country, why did we have what we had here a year ago was this conspiratorial nonsense that leads people to the idea that there was something to this. There was nothing to this.
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.
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,'.
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.
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- asteriscCatalan, Valencian
- stjerne, asteriskDanish
- Asterisk, SternchenGerman
- asterisko, steletoEsperanto
- tähti, asteriski, tähti-merkkiFinnish
- reulScottish Gaelic
- asterisko, steletoIdo
- 星号, 星印, アスタリスク, スターJapanese
- ನಕ್ಷತ್ರ ಚಿಹ್ನೆKannada
- 애스테리스크, 별표Korean
- tanda bintangMalay
- sterretje, asteriskDutch
- asterisc, steluțăRomanian
- звёздочка, астерискRussian
- астериск, asterisk, звездица, zvezdicaSerbo-Croatian
- yıldız işaretiTurkish
- dấu hoa thịVietnamese
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