What does constellation mean?

Definitions for constellation
ˌkɒn stəˈleɪ ʃəncon·stel·la·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. configuration, constellationnoun

    an arrangement of parts or elements

    "the outcome depends on the configuration of influences at the time"

  2. constellationnoun

    a configuration of stars as seen from the earth


  1. constellationnoun

    An arbitrary formation of stars perceived as a figure or pattern.

  2. constellationnoun

    An image associated with a group of stars.

  3. constellationnoun

    Any of the 88 officially recognized regions of the sky, including all stars and celestial bodies in the region.

  4. constellationnoun

    The configuration of planets at a given time (notably of birth), as used for determining a horoscope.

  5. constellationnoun

    A wide, seemingly unlimited assortment.

    A constellation of possibilities.

  6. constellationnoun

    a configuration or grouping

    your computer's software constellation helps you do your work faster

  7. Etymology: From constellacioun, constillacioun, from constellation, from constellatio, from con + stella

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Constellationnoun

    Etymology: from constellate.

    For the stars of heaven, and the constellations thereof, shall not give their light. Is. xiii. 10.

    The earth, the air resounded,
    The heav’ns and all the constellations rung. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    A constellation is but one;
    Though ’tis a train of stars. Dryden.

    The condition is a constellation or conjuncture of all those gospel-graces, faith, hope, charity, self-denial, repentance, and the rest. Henry Hammond, Pract. Cat.


  1. Constellation

    A constellation is an area on the celestial sphere in which a group of stars forms an imaginary outline or pattern, typically representing an animal, mythological person or creature, or an inanimate object.The origins of the earliest constellations likely go back to prehistory. People used them to relate stories of their beliefs, experiences, creation, or mythology. Different cultures and countries adopted their own constellations, some of which lasted into the early 20th century before today's constellations were internationally recognized. The recognition of constellations has changed significantly over time. Many have changed in size or shape. Some became popular, only to drop into obscurity. Others were limited to a single culture or nation. The 48 traditional Western constellations are Greek. They are given in Aratus' work Phenomena and Ptolemy's Almagest, though their origin probably predates these works by several centuries. Constellations in the far southern sky were added from the 15th century until the mid-18th century when European explorers began traveling to the Southern Hemisphere. Twelve ancient constellations belong to the zodiac (straddling the ecliptic, which the Sun, Moon, and planets all traverse). The origins of the zodiac remain historically uncertain; its astrological divisions became prominent c. 400 BC in Babylonian or Chaldean astronomy,. In 1922, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) formally accepted the modern list of 88 constellations, and in 1928 adopted official constellation boundaries that together cover the entire celestial sphere. Any given point in a celestial coordinate system lies in one of the modern constellations. Some astronomical naming systems include the constellation where a given celestial object is found to convey its approximate location in the sky. The Flamsteed designation of a star, for example, consists of a number and the genitive form of the constellation name. Other star patterns or groups called asterisms are not constellations per se, but are used by observers to navigate the night sky. Asterisms may be several stars within a constellation, or they may share stars with more than one constellation. Examples of asterisms include the Pleiades and Hyades within the constellation Taurus and the False Cross split between the southern constellations Carina and Vela, or Venus' Mirror in the constellation of Orion.


  1. constellation

    A constellation is a group of stars that appear close to each other in the night sky, usually forming a recognizable pattern or shape. These formations are often given names based on their perceived shape or the mythological figures they represent. However, it's important to note that these stars are not necessarily close to each other in space, they just appear that way from our perspective on Earth. Today, astronomers officially recognize 88 constellations covering the entire sky.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Constellationnoun

    a cluster or group of fixed stars, or dvision of the heavens, designated in most cases by the name of some animal, or of some mythologial personage, within whose imaginary outline, as traced upon the heavens, the group is included

  2. Constellationnoun

    an assemblage of splendors or excellences

  3. Constellationnoun

    fortune; fate; destiny

  4. Etymology: [F. constellation, L. constellatio.]


  1. Constellation

    In modern astronomy, a constellation is an internationally defined area of the celestial sphere. These areas are grouped around asterisms, which are patterns formed by prominent stars within apparent proximity to one another on Earth's night sky. There are also numerous historical constellations not recognized by the IAU or constellations recognized in regional traditions of astronomy or astrology, such as Chinese, Hindu and Australian Aboriginal.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. constellation

    A number of like satellites that are part of a system. Satellites in a constellation generally have a similar orbit. For example, the Global Positioning System constellation consists of 24 satellites distributed in six orbital planes with similar eccentricities, altitudes, and inclinations. See also Global Positioning System.

Editors Contribution

  1. constellation

    A group of stars.

    The night sky constellations are so very beautiful.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 9, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of constellation in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of constellation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of constellation in a Sentence

  1. Friedrich Nietzsche:

    Altered opinions do not alter a man's character (or do so very little); but they do illuminate individual aspects of the constellation of his personality which with a different constellation of opinions had hitherto remained dark and unrecognizable.

  2. Robert Sands:

    Constellation Brands is investing because we believe that premium Mexican beer will keep growing and will keep leading this segment of the U.S. beer market for years to come.

  3. Bodo Ramelow:

    A red-red-green three-way coalition is unparalleled in Germany and I think this constellation can become a normality.

  4. Lisa Haisha:

    But once we have a practice for taming our Imposters, we’re able to get in touch with a much bigger star in the constellation of our lives: the Authentic Soul.

  5. John Stephenson:

    Volatility can be to the upside but I think it will probably be slightly to the downside this month because the constellation of news out there and the possible outcomes are probably more negative than positive.

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