Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Resembling a star, especially in shape
  • adj. Resembling or characteristic of a celebrity or leading actor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Resembling a star; stellated; radiated like a star.
  • adj. Shining; bright; illustrious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Resembling a star; stellated; radiated like a star: as, starlike flowers.
  • Bright; lustrous; shining; luminous: as, starlike eyes.

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

  • adj. resembling a star

Etymologies

star +‎ -like (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mrs. Berry's fine eyes -- they had been called "starlike" twenty years before, by romantic young gentlemen -- filled with tears.

    Fair Harbor

  • My starlike pretense found its final frontier in a room which was anonymous by nature.

    Fallin’ Up

  • Similarly, the statute refers to “knuckles of any substance” that can be “put to the same use with the same or similar effect” as metallic knuckles; nunchaku, zoobow “or any similar weapon” configured with two sticks connected by rope, chain, or wire; and shuriken or “any similar pointed starlike object intended to injure a person when thrown.”

    The Volokh Conspiracy » What is a zoobow?

  • You take it all for granted and when I look you back it's with a starlike eye shooting its cold and egotistical spear where it can do least damage.

    Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.: Distant Celestial Fires

  • These are punctuated by starlike nodes and wavelike striations in low relief that are polished to a high gloss.

    ArtScene: Current California Exhibitions You Should See

  • The exhibition includes 13 studies in which we see Motherwell grappling with the arrangement of the several symbols that he was eventually to incorporate in the mural: a Torah scroll, Jacob's ladder, the Ten Commandments and a menorah (candelabrum), along with starlike line configurations that supposedly represent diasporic movement.

    Abstraction in the Synagogue

  • So Schmidt and his colleagues looked at the other odd radio sources and found more single starlike things, each forty times brighter than the biggest galaxies full of 10 billion stars.

    A Grand and Bold Thing

  • They named the starlike things quasi-stellar radio sources; later they shortened the name to quasars.

    A Grand and Bold Thing

  • A Caltech observer named Maarten Schmidt had just figured out that the radio sources made sense only if these starlike things were at highly unstarlike distances.

    A Grand and Bold Thing

  • The water made his lashes cling to one another, so that they formed starlike sharp points.

    Clockwork Angel

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