Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A star so distant from Earth that its position in relation to other stars appears not to change. Its movements can be measured only by precise observations over long periods of time.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any star that is so distant that its movement, relative to others, is not perceptible; in practice, any star except the sun

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any star in the Ptolemaic theory of planetary motion

Etymologies

From earlier fixed star ("comet, meteor"), alteration of faxed star. Change in meaning influenced by fixed ("stationary, remaining in place"). (Wiktionary)

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