Definitions

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

  • n. A self-luminous celestial body consisting of a mass of gas held together by its own gravity in which the energy generated by nuclear reactions in the interior is balanced by the outflow of energy to the surface, and the inward-directed gravitational forces are balanced by the outward-directed gas and radiation pressures.
  • n. Any of the celestial bodies visible at night from Earth as relatively stationary, usually twinkling points of light.
  • n. Something regarded as resembling such a celestial body.
  • n. A graphic design having five or more radiating points, often used as a symbol of rank or merit.
  • n. An artistic performer or athlete whose leading role or superior performance is acknowledged.
  • n. One who is highly celebrated in a field or profession.
  • n. An asterisk (*).
  • n. The star key on a telephone: For customer service, press star.
  • n. A white spot on the forehead of a horse.
  • n. A planet or constellation of the zodiac believed in astrology to influence personal destiny.
  • n. The future; destiny. Often used with the.
  • adj. Outstanding or famous, especially in performing something: a star researcher; a star figure skater.
  • adj. Of or relating to a star or stars.
  • transitive v. To ornament with stars.
  • transitive v. To award or mark with a star for excellence.
  • transitive v. To mark with an asterisk.
  • transitive v. To present or feature (a performer) in a leading role.
  • intransitive v. To play the leading role in a theatrical or film production.
  • intransitive v. To do an outstanding job; perform excellently.
  • idiom have stars in (one's) eyes To be dazzled or enraptured, as with romantic love.
  • idiom see stars To experience bright, flashing sensations, as from a blow to the head.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any small luminous dot appearing in the cloudless portion of the night sky, especially with a fixed location relative to other such dots.
  • n. A luminous celestial body, made up of plasma (particularly hydrogen and helium) and having a spherical shape. Depending on context the sun may or may not be included.
  • n. A concave polygon with regular, pointy protrusions and indentations, generally with five or six points.
  • n. A widely-known person; a celebrity.
  • n. Actors in leading roles in movies, television shows and other dramatic media.
  • n. An exceptionally talented or famous person, often in a specific field.
  • n. An asterisk (*).
  • n. A symbol used to rate hotels, films, etc. with a higher number of stars denoting better quality.
  • n. A simple dance, or part of a dance, where a group of four dancers each put their right or left hand in the middle and turn around in a circle. You call them right-hand stars or left-hand stars, depending on the hand which is in the middle.
  • v. To appear as a featured performer or headliner, especially in an entertainment program.
  • v. To mark with a star or asterisk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the innumerable luminous bodies seen in the heavens; any heavenly body other than the sun, moon, comets, and nebulæ.
  • n. The polestar; the north star.
  • n. A planet supposed to influence one's destiny; (usually pl.) a configuration of the planets, supposed to influence fortune.
  • n. That which resembles the figure of a star, as an ornament worn on the breast to indicate rank or honor.
  • n. Specifically, a radiated mark in writing or printing; an asterisk [thus, *]; -- used as a reference to a note, or to fill a blank where something is omitted, etc.
  • n. A composition of combustible matter used in the heading of rockets, in mines, etc., which, exploding in the air, presents a starlike appearance.
  • n. A person of brilliant and attractive qualities, especially on public occasions, as a distinguished orator, a leading theatrical performer, etc.
  • intransitive v. To be bright, or attract attention, as a star; to shine like a star; to be brilliant or prominent; to play a part as a theatrical star.
  • transitive v. To set or adorn with stars, or bright, radiating bodies; to bespangle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To set with stars, literally or figuratively.
  • Hence— To set with small bright bodies, as gems, spangles, or the like.
  • To set with figures of stars forming a sowing or sprinkle.
  • To transform into a star or stars; set in a constellation.
  • To affix a star or asterisk to (a written or printed word) for a distinctive purpose, especially, in a list, to distinguish the name of a deceased person.
  • To crack so as to produce a group of radiating lines.
  • To shine as a star; be brilliant or prominent; shine above others; specifically (theat), to appear as a star actor.
  • In the game of pool, to buy an additional life or lives.
  • To cut with radiating incisions: said with reference to a chronic ulcer which may be so cut through the base and edges in order to loosen up adhesions, and so promote healing.
  • n. Any celestial body which appears as a luminous point.
  • n. Hence Destiny.
  • n. Anything which resembles a star.
  • n. Specifically— A star-shaped figure made of silver, gold, or both, sometimes set with jewels, worn usually upon the breast as one of the insignia of a higher class of an honorary order. See insignia, and cuts under bath, garter, and Order of St. Michael (under order).
  • n. The asterisk (*). See asterisk.
  • n. In pyrotechny, a small piece of inflammable composition, which burns high in air with a colored flame, and presents the appearance of a star.
  • n. A group of cracks or flaws radiating from a center.
  • n. A spot of white or light color on the forehead of an animal.
  • n. In zoology: A star-animal; a starfish, or other echinoderm of obviously radiate figure, as a brittle-star, feather-star, lily-star, sand-star, or sun-star. See the compounds.
  • n. A stellate sponge-spicule; an aster.
  • n. In a copper-plate or lithographic printing-press, the radial spokes on the roller, which serve as handles.
  • n. Figuratively, a person of brilliant or attractive qualities; one who shines preëminently; specifically, the chief and preëminent actor or actress of a dramatic or operatic company.
  • n. In heraldry, same as estoile.
  • n. In fortification, a small fort having five or more points, or salient and reëntering angles flanking one another. Also called star-fort.
  • n. An additional life bought by a player in the game of pool.
  • n. See star-of-Bethlehem.
  • n. An ancient name for all deeds, releases, or obligations of the Jews, and also for a schedule or inventory. See starchamber. Also spelled starr.
  • n. A book-name for humming-birds of the genus Calothorax, Oreotrochilus, and related genera.

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

  • v. feature as the star
  • v. be the star in a performance
  • n. the topology of a network whose components are connected to a hub
  • n. a performer who receives prominent billing
  • v. mark with an asterisk
  • n. any celestial body visible (as a point of light) from the Earth at night
  • n. an actor who plays a principal role
  • n. someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
  • adj. indicating the most important performer or role
  • n. a plane figure with 5 or more points; often used as an emblem
  • n. (astronomy) a celestial body of hot gases that radiates energy derived from thermonuclear reactions in the interior
  • n. a star-shaped character * used in printing

Etymologies

Middle English sterre, from Old English steorra.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English sterre, from Old English steorra ("star"), from West Germanic *sterro, from Proto-Germanic *sternô, *sternōn (“star”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂stḗr (“star”). Cognate with Scots ster ("star"), North Frisian steer ("star"), West Frisian stjer ("star"), Dutch ster ("star"), German Stern ("star"), Swedish stjärna ("star"), Icelandic stjarna ("star"), Latin stēlla ("star"), Ancient Greek ἀστήρ (astēr, "star"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Barnes & Noble, the country's largest book retailer as measured by sales, is so certain that the book will excite readers that it plans on giving the title star treatment, including stacking extensive copies in the front of its stores.

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