American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The remnant of a star that has collapsed, having an extremely dense state with no empty space between its atoms, but not reaching the extremely dense state of a neutron star or black hole.
- n. a faint star of enormous density
“Starbase Twelve was a completely routine stop, to deliver a couple of highly ranked astrophysicists and a load of scientific equipment to record the effects of the passage of a wandering white dwarf star through the so-called Tau Eridani Cloud—that vast, amorphous region of ion storms and unexplained gravitational anomalies which was Starbase Twelve's raison d' être.”
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