American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Printing Three asterisks in a triangular formation used to call attention to a following passage.
- n. Astronomy A cluster of stars smaller than a constellation.
- n. Mineralogy A six-rayed starlike figure optically produced in some crystal structures by reflected or transmitted light.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A group of stars: formerly equivalent to constellation, but now appropriated to any small cluster of stars, whether a part of a constellation or not.
- n. An asterisk, or mark of reference.
- n. Three asterisks placed thus, , or thus, , before a passage, to direct attention to it.
- n. An optical property exhibited by some crystallized minerals which show a star-shaped luminous figure when viewed by reflected light, as the asteriated sapphire, or by transmitted light, as some kinds of phlogopite. In the former case it is due to certain peculiarities of internal structure, in the latter to the inclusion of symmetrically arranged acicular crystals.
- n. astronomy A small group of stars that forms a visible pattern but is not an official constellation.
- n. A rarely used typographical symbol (⁂, three asterisks arranged in a triangle), used to call attention to a passage or to separate subchapters in a book.
- n. mineralogy A star-shaped figure exhibited by some crystals by reflected light (as in a star sapphire) or by transmitted light (as in some mica).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A constellation.
- n. A small cluster of stars.
- n. rare An asterisk, or mark of reference.
- n. Three asterisks placed in this manner, ⁂, to direct attention to a particular passage.
- n. (Crystallog.) An optical property of some crystals which exhibit a star-shaped by reflected light, as star sapphire, or by transmitted light, as some mica.
- n. (astronomy) a cluster of stars (or a small constellation)
- n. (mineralogy) a star-shaped figure with six rays that is seen in some crystal structures under reflected or transmitted light
- From Ancient Greek ἀστερισμός ("group of stars"), from ἀστήρ ("star"). (Wiktionary)
- Greek asterismos, constellation, from astēr, star. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Provinces about a man dying in the Mul Nakshatra or lunar asterism, which is perhaps the same or some similar period.”
“As your eyes begin to adjust to the dark, you'll slowly notice that Alpha Tauri is part of a V-shaped pattern of stars called an "asterism".”
“When I hear the term Big Dipper, I think of the 'asterism' within Ursa Major.”
“In fact, "dominate" may be too strong a term, for none of the four stars that comprise this asterism rivals the stars of the Triangle or the leading stars in any of the main winter groups.”
“Aquarius, the Water Bearer, lies S of Pegasus and includes an asterism dubbed the Water Jar or, more recently, the Steering Wheel.”
“Another asterism, the Circlet, lies S of the Square and marks one of the two fish of Pisces.”
“This refers to the change in position of the sun from the asterism, Revati in Meen to the asterism, Aswini in Mesh, or when the sun enters Aries.”
“She fingered the asterism on the two karat stone tracing the six white rays that shot out from the central star.”
“Globular Cluster M54 in Sagittarius, near the handle of the 'Tea Pot' asterism, has long been thought to be 'probably extragalactic' and originating from the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy.”
“It is home to around 20 or so low wattage stars of mixed magnitude with no real asterism to make it special.”
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