What does star mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. star(noun)

    (astronomy) a celestial body of hot gases that radiates energy derived from thermonuclear reactions in the interior

  2. ace, adept, champion, sensation, maven, mavin, virtuoso, genius, hotshot, star, superstar, whiz, whizz, wizard, wiz(noun)

    someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field

  3. star(noun)

    any celestial body visible (as a point of light) from the Earth at night

  4. star, principal, lead(noun)

    an actor who plays a principal role

  5. star(noun)

    a plane figure with 5 or more points; often used as an emblem

  6. headliner, star(noun)

    a performer who receives prominent billing

  7. asterisk, star(noun)

    a star-shaped character * used in printing

  8. star topology, star(adj)

    the topology of a network whose components are connected to a hub

  9. leading(p), prima(p), star(p), starring(p), stellar(a)(verb)

    indicating the most important performer or role

    "the leading man"; "prima ballerina"; "prima donna"; "a star figure skater"; "the starring role"; "a stellar role"; "a stellar performance"

  10. star(verb)

    feature as the star

    "The movie stars Dustin Hoffman as an autistic man"

  11. star(verb)

    be the star in a performance

  12. star, asterisk(verb)

    mark with an asterisk

    "Linguists star unacceptable sentences"


  1. star(Noun)

    Any small luminous dot appearing in the cloudless portion of the night sky, especially with a fixed location relative to other such dots.

  2. star(Noun)

    A luminous celestial body, made up of plasma (particularly hydrogen and helium) and having a spherical shape. Depending on context the sun may or may not be included.

  3. star(Noun)

    A concave polygon with regular, pointy protrusions and indentations, generally with five or six points.

  4. star(Noun)

    A widely-known person; a celebrity.

  5. star(Noun)

    Actors in leading roles in movies, television shows and other dramatic media.

  6. star(Noun)

    An exceptionally talented person, often in a specific field.

    His teacher tells us he is a star pupil.

  7. star(Noun)

    An asterisk (*).

  8. star(Noun)

    A symbol used to rate hotels, films, etc. with a higher number of stars denoting better quality.

  9. star(Noun)

    A simple dance, or part of a dance, where a group of four dancers each put their right or left hand in the middle and turn around in a circle. You call them right-hand stars or left-hand stars, depending on the hand which is in the middle.

  10. star(Verb)

    To appear as a featured performer or headliner, especially in an entertainment program.

  11. star(Verb)

    To mark with a star or asterisk.

  12. Origin: From sterre, from steorra, from sternaz, from h₂stḗr. Cognate with ster, Stern, stjärna, stella, ἀστήρ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Star(noun)

    one of the innumerable luminous bodies seen in the heavens; any heavenly body other than the sun, moon, comets, and nebulae

  2. Star(noun)

    the polestar; the north star

  3. Star(noun)

    a planet supposed to influence one's destiny; (usually pl.) a configuration of the planets, supposed to influence fortune

  4. Star(noun)

    that which resembles the figure of a star, as an ornament worn on the breast to indicate rank or honor

  5. Star(noun)

    specifically, a radiated mark in writing or printing; an asterisk [thus, *]; -- used as a reference to a note, or to fill a blank where something is omitted, etc

  6. Star(noun)

    a composition of combustible matter used in the heading of rockets, in mines, etc., which, exploding in the air, presents a starlike appearance

  7. Star(noun)

    a person of brilliant and attractive qualities, especially on public occasions, as a distinguished orator, a leading theatrical performer, etc

  8. Star(verb)

    to set or adorn with stars, or bright, radiating bodies; to bespangle; as, a robe starred with gems

  9. Star(verb)

    to be bright, or attract attention, as a star; to shine like a star; to be brilliant or prominent; to play a part as a theatrical star

  10. Origin: [OE. sterre, AS. steorra; akin to OFries. stera, OS. sterro, D. ster, OHG. sterno, sterro, G. stern, Icel. stjarna, Sw. stjerna, Dan. stierne, Goth. starn, Armor. & Corn. steren, L. stella, Gr. 'asth`r, 'a`stron, Skr. star; perhaps from a root meaning, to scatter, Skr. st, L. sternere (cf. Stratum), and originally applied to the stars as being strewn over the sky, or as being scatterers or spreaders of light. 296. Cf. Aster, Asteroid, Constellation, Disaster, Stellar.]


  1. Star

    A star is a massive, luminous sphere of plasma held together by gravity. The nearest star to Earth is the Sun, which is the source of most of the energy on the planet. Some other stars are visible from Earth during the night when they are not obscured by clouds or other atmospheric phenomena, appearing as a multitude of fixed luminous points because of their immense distance. Historically, the most prominent stars on the celestial sphere were grouped together into constellations and asterisms, and the brightest stars gained proper names. Extensive catalogues of stars have been assembled by astronomers, which provide standardized star designations. For at least a portion of its life, a star shines due to thermonuclear fusion of hydrogen into helium in its core, releasing energy that traverses the star's interior and then radiates into outer space. Once a star's hydrogen is nearly exhausted, almost all naturally occurring elements heavier than helium are created, either via stellar nucleosynthesis during their lifetimes or by supernova nucleosynthesis when very massive stars explode. Near the end of its life, a star can also contain a proportion of degenerate matter. Astronomers can determine the mass, age, metallicity, and many other properties of a star by observing its motion through space, luminosity, and spectrum respectively. The total mass of a star is the principal determinant of its evolution and eventual fate. Other characteristics of a star are determined by its evolutionary history, including diameter, rotation, movement and temperature. A plot of the temperature of many stars against their luminosities, known as a Hertzsprung–Russell diagram, allows the age and evolutionary state of a star to be determined.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Star

    stär, n. one of the bright bodies in the heavens, except the sun and moon: one of the heavenly bodies shining by their own light, and which keep the same relative position in the heavens: anything star-like or star-shaped: a representation of a star worn as a badge of rank or honour: a person of brilliant or attractive qualities: the chief actor or actress in a dramatic company: (print.) an asterisk (*).—v.t. to set with stars: to bespangle.—v.i. to shine, as a star: to attract attention: to appear as a star-actor (To Star it, esp. on a provincial tour):—pr.p. star′ring; pa.t. and pa.p. starred.—ns. Star′-ap′ple, the fruit of the West Indian tree Chrysophyllum Cainito; Star′-blast′ing, the noxious influence of the stars.—adjs. Star′-blind, so blind as not to see the stars: half-blind; Star′-broi′dered (Tenn.), embroidered with figures in the shape of stars.—ns. Star′-buzz′ard, an American goshawk; Star′-cat′alogue, a list of stars, with their places, magnitudes, &c.—adj. Star′-crossed, not favoured by the stars.—ns. Star′-drift, a common proper motion of a number of fixed stars in the same region of the heavens; Star′-dust, cosmic dust, matter in fine particles falling upon the earth from some outside source, like meteorites; Star′-finch, the redstart; Star′fish (Asteroidea), an Echinoderm, nearly allied to the Brittle-stars (Ophiuroidea) and to the Sea-urchins (Echinoidea); Star′-flow′er, one of various plants with bright star-shaped flowers, the Star-of-Bethlehem: chickweed; Star′-fort, a fort surrounded with projecting angles, like the points of a star; Star′-fruit, a small water-plant of southern Europe, with long-pointed radiating carpels; Star′-gāz′er, an astrologer: an astronomer; Star′-gāz′ing, astrology; Star′-grass, a grass-like plant, with star-shaped, yellow flowers; Star′-hy′acinth, a bulbous-rooted plant, a species of squill, with pinkish purple flowers, found on the coast in the south of England; Star′-jell′y, the common species of nostoc.—adj. Star′less, having no stars visible: having no light from stars.—n. Star′light, light or lustre of the stars.—adjs. Star′-like, resembling a star: radiated like a star: bright, illustrious; Star′lit, lighted by the stars.—ns. Star′-nose, a North American mole; Star′-of-Beth′lehem, a garden plant of the lily family, with bright white star-like flowers: the miraculous star of the Nativity (Matt. ii. 2, 9, 10).—adj. Star′-proof (Milt.), impervious to starlight.—n. Star′-read (Spens.), knowledge of the stars, astrology.—adj. Starred, adorned or studded with stars.—ns. Star&p

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. star

    1. A milestone in the Infinite. 2. A malicious, ironic eye. 3. A device to show man his insignificance.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. star

    In heraldry, the star is of frequent occurrence; it sometimes represents the heavenly body so called, and sometimes the rowel of a spur. In the latter case it is blazoned a Mullet. Stars of more than five points should have the number of points designated, and the points may be wavy. The star, or estoile, with wavy points, is often designated a blazing star; and when the points are more than six in number, it is usual to represent only every second point as waved. The star is a well-known ensign of knightly rank. A star of some specified form constitutes part of the insignia of every order of knighthood.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'star' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1704

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'star' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2169

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'star' in Nouns Frequency: #450

Anagrams for star »

  1. tsar

  2. rats

  3. tars

  4. arts

How to pronounce star?

  1. Alex
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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of star in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of star in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of star in a Sentence

  1. Dejan Stojanovic:

    A star needs a star.

  2. Dante Alighieri:

    Follow your own star!

  3. Alexander Siddig:

    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

  4. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Hitch your wagon to a star.

  5. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Be a star in someone's sky.

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