Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A very bright, variable double star in the constellation Aquila, approximately 15.7 light years from Earth. Altair is one of the stars that make up the Summer Triangle.

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  • proper noun astronomy The brightest star in the constellation Aquila; Alpha (α) Aquilae. It is the twelfth brightest star in the sky, and forms one corner of the Summer Triangle.

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  • noun double star 15.7 light years from Earth; the brightest star in the Aquila constellation

Etymologies

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

[Arabic (an-nasr) aṭ-ṭā’ir, the flying (eagle) : al-, the + ṭā’ir, flying, active participle of ṭāra, to fly; see ṭyr in Semitic roots.]

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From the Arabic النسر الطائر (an-nasr aṭ-ṭāʾir, "the flying eagle"), from نسر (nasr, "eagle") + طائر (ṭāʾir, "flying").

Examples

  • I was thinking the refuelling scheme might be risky since it'd require us to be able to store cryogenic fuels for extended periods in orbit, but IIRC the Altair is supposed to run lox-hydrogen.

    NASA Presidental Transition Action Item Log - NASA Watch

  • But it was the development of the Altair 8800 personal computer that really captured the attention of world in January 1975, when Roberts 'next product took its inaugural bows on the cover of Popular Electronics under the name Altair at the suggestion of Solomon's daughter, who was watching Star Trek at the time.

    Top Tech News

  • But it was the development of the Altair 8800 personal computer that really captured the attention of world in January 1975, when Roberts 'next product took its inaugural bows on the cover of Popular Electronics under the name Altair at the suggestion of Solomon's daughter, who was watching Star Trek at the time.

    Top Tech News

  • But it was the development of the Altair 8800 personal computer that really captured the attention of world in January 1975, when Roberts 'next product took its inaugural bows on the cover of Popular Electronics under the name Altair at the suggestion of Solomon's daughter, who was watching Star Trek at the time.

    Top Tech News

  • But it was the development of the Altair 8800 personal computer that really captured the attention of world in January 1975, when Roberts 'next product took its inaugural bows on the cover of Popular Electronics under the name Altair at the suggestion of Solomon's daughter, who was watching Star Trek at the time.

    Top Tech News

  • The three major parts of this system were rockets called Ares, a capsule called Orion, and a lunar lander called Altair.

    Zoe P. Strassfield: Chronicling My NASA Internship

  • The three major parts of this system were rockets called Ares, a capsule called Orion, and a lunar lander called Altair.

    Zoe P. Strassfield: Chronicling My NASA Internship

  • The three major parts of this system were rockets called Ares, a capsule called Orion, and a lunar lander called Altair.

    Zoe P. Strassfield: Chronicling My NASA Internship

  • The three major parts of this system were rockets called Ares, a capsule called Orion, and a lunar lander called Altair.

    Zoe P. Strassfield: Chronicling My NASA Internship

  • The three major parts of this system were rockets called Ares, a capsule called Orion, and a lunar lander called Altair.

    Zoe P. Strassfield: Chronicling My NASA Internship

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