GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. the star toward which the north pole of the earth very nearly points, and which accordingly seems fixed and immovable in the sky. The star α (alpha) of the Little Bear, is our present north star, being distant from the pole about 1° 25', and from year to year approaching slowly nearer to it. It is called also
Cynosura, polestar, and by astronomers, Polaris.
- n. the brightest star in Ursa Minor; at the end of the handle of the Little Dipper; the northern axis of the earth points toward it
“At the time of her death she was secretary of the North Star Association, an organization which had for its purpose the booming of Frederick Douglass, the rising young orator of the Negro race at that time.”
“I walked with bold courage, trusting in the arm of Omnipotence; guided by the unchangable North Star by night, and inspired by an elevated thought that I was fleeing from a land of slavery and oppression, bidding farewell to handcuffs, whips, thumb-screws and chains.”
“Intermittently, she glanced up at the North Star and tried to keep her course due east.”
“Outside, the full moon glows bright but the North Star shines even brighter.”
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