American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Astronomy Any of numerous small celestial bodies that revolve around the sun, with orbits lying chiefly between Mars and Jupiter and characteristic diameters between a few and several hundred kilometers. Also called minor planet, planetoid.
- n. Zoology See starfish.
- adj. Star-shaped.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a flower like that of an aster.
- n. One of the small planets, 280 or more in number, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter: more accurately called planetoids. See planetoid.
- n. One of the Asteroidea; a starfish, in a wide sense.
- n. astronomy A naturally occurring solid object, which is smaller than a planet and is not a comet, that orbits a star
- n. astronomy In the Solar system, such a body that orbits within the orbit of Jupiter
- n. zoology Any member of the taxonomic class Asteroidea; a starfish
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A starlike body; esp. one of the numerous small planets whose orbits lie between those of Mars and Jupiter; -- called also
planetoidsand minor planets.
- adj. shaped like a star
- n. any of numerous small celestial bodies composed of rock and metal that move around the sun (mainly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter)
- From Ancient Greek ἀστεροειδής, from Ancient Greek ἀστήρ (astēr, "star") + εἶδος (eidos, "form"). (Wiktionary)
- From Greek asteroeidēs, starlike : astēr, star; see ster-3 in Indo-European roots + -oeidēs, -oid. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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