What does constellation mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. configuration, constellation(noun)

    an arrangement of parts or elements

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

  2. constellation(noun)

    a configuration of stars as seen from the earth

Wiktionary

  1. constellation(Noun)

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

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

  2. constellation(Noun)

    An image associated with a group of stars.

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

  3. constellation(Noun)

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

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

  4. constellation(Noun)

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

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

  5. constellation(Noun)

    A wide, seemingly unlimited assortment.

    A constellation of possibilities.

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

  6. constellation(Noun)

    a configuration or grouping

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

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

Wikipedia

  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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Constellation(noun)

    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

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

  2. Constellation(noun)

    an assemblage of splendors or excellences

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

  3. Constellation(noun)

    fortune; fate; destiny

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

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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. 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.

  2. Andrew Dempster:

    Beidou was obviously designed a few decades after GPS, so it has had the benefit of learning from the GPS experience, it has some signals that have higher bandwidth, giving better accuracy. It has fewer orbit planes for the satellites, making constellation maintenance easier.

  3. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    1. The universal mind The universal mind is a great constellation of thoughts of a single mind, thoughts and ideas of the living and the dead, all worlds and dimensions. 2. Chemistry of thinking Picturesque images of the chemistry of thinking in art sometimes use exotic elements from distant corners of the subconscious. 3. Horror smile A cunning smile of awareness and a psychic laugh. Horror smile in the soul of loneliness. We are particles of the cult era of laughter in the cult of cruel humor of reality. We are in the great psychological, comical game of society. 4. The first hundred years of life, the body and spirit perceive everything as an immature illusion, where closer to the end of the century all dreams melt and disappear, but if a person lives longer, he feels how life turns into reality with which it becomes one whole, like a ghost. 5. The plasma ball of thoughts is a thought process, the heart of life is plasma lightning - this is the fire of the universe - this is a disco of feelings that responds to understanding. 6. Time is a pawnshop of nostalgia and spiritual values. 7. In nature, instincts are a cycle associated with universal mechanisms. In the world of people, instincts directed against each other are selfish deception egoism, all this gives rise to vices and inner flaws, all this creates an internal chaos of dirty, sinful thoughts of hypocritical egoism. 8. Communication is a space probe for the inner worlds. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  4. Howard Koh:

    It is a whole constellation of conditions they have shown impacts life expectancy. It is not just medical conditions, but also the social drivers that appear to be at play, like income inequality and mental distress.

  5. 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.

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