American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A star-shaped figure (*) used chiefly to indicate an omission, a reference to a footnote, or an unattested word, sound, or affix.
- v. To mark with an asterisk.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The figure of a star (*), used in printing and writing— as a reference to a passage or note in the margin; to distinguish words or phrases as conjectural, theoretical, unverified, obscure, or as having some other specified character; to mark the omission of words or letters; and arbitrarily, as a mark of classification.
- n. Something in the shape of or resembling an asterisk.
- n. In the Gr. Ch., a frame consisting of two arches of metal, crossing each other at right angles, placed on the paten and over the prepared bread of the eucharist to prevent contact with the covering veil.
- To insert an asterisk (in a text) as the reference to a foot-note or for any other reason for which an asterisk is used. See asterisk, 1.
- n. Symbol (*).
- n. sports, US A blemish in an otherwise outstanding achievement.
- n. biology Alternate of Asteriscus.
- v. To mark with an asterisk symbol (*)
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- v. mark with an asterisk
- n. a star-shaped character * used in printing
- From Late Latin asteriscus, from Ancient Greek ἀστερίσκος (asteriskos, "a little star, asterisk, used in manuscripts to mark passages"), diminutive of ἀστήρ (aster, "a star"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Late Latin asteriscus, from Greek asteriskos, diminutive of astēr, star; see ster-3 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The "asterisk" is a semi-notorious punctuation mark in baseball history.”
“Using “Asterix” instead of asterisk is one of the mistakes people make that really annoy me.”
“The way that the Skype-for-asterisk is constucted you have to tell the PBX admin your skype user-id and password.”
“But the asterisk is that the .22 was actually a handgun.”
“HILL: ... which down here at the bottom, that asterisk translates into really, we're pretty sure this time.”
“The asterisk is there because those three letters stand for a number of basic statements relating to export trade.”
“Realm (If you are using Asterisk as your PBX set this to the word asterisk, if you are using any other IPPBX system, consult your documentation)”
“The asterisk is the truncation or wildcard character in LibWorm.”
“The asterisk is the important part, it lets me add important information like: *Except for people who have interesting things to say, like me.”
“This has against it a red asterisk, which is crossed out with black cross-hatching and then encircled in blue with an added question mark.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘asterisk’.
A list of words that are odd or words that I have looked up.
names of punctuation marks, accent marks, and other graphic signs and graphical characters used in printed, written, or digital text.
Hopefully, I'll be using this site for more than one year. It will be fun then to look back and see what new words I found worthy of notice in any given year.
All words spotted in 2008...
need to know these words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm not talking about a Pennsylvanian drinking wooder or a Virginian crapping in an oothoos or even the plural form of "y'all" being "all y'all". (Hey, I love my Appalachian heritage.) I'm talking ...
Being a list of the proper names of glyphs, both exotic and common, found in the typographer's toolbox.
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