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- n. A star positioned circumpolar to the North Pole.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. the star toward which the north pole of the earth very nearly points, and which accordingly seems fixed and immovable in the sky. The star α (alpha) of the Little Bear, is our present north star, being distant from the pole about 1° 25', and from year to year approaching slowly nearer to it. It is called also Cynosura, polestar, and by astronomers, Polaris.
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- n. the brightest star in Ursa Minor; at the end of the handle of the Little Dipper; the northern axis of the earth points toward it
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On the whole, our North Star is the idea of a very limited federal government.
The North Star is a lovely image that evokes something important.
The North Star is a beautiful image that evokes something important.
Moonshine until we came to the latitude of 60 degrees, and there it seemed best to our general, Master Davis, to divide his fleet, himself sailing to the north-west, and to direct the Sunshine, wherein I was, and the pinnace called the North Star, to seek a passage northward between Greenland and Iceland to the latitude of
And the light of the North Star will be your guide
"Spiritual", "Follow the Drinking Gourd" spoke of the freedom in the north; the "Gourd" is referred to as the North Star, so the song in essence, was a map (Whitcomb, page 90).
The North Star is the last star in the handle of the constellation Ursa Minor (Little Dipper), but the complete Little Dipper is often difficult to see.
As you know, the North Star is a most beautiful double.
Mr. Garrison wrote in a letter to his wife from Cleveland, "It will also greatly surprise our friends in Boston to hear that in regard to his prospect of establishing a paper here, to be called the North Star, he never opened his lips to me on the subject nor asked my advice in any particular whatever."
The North Star was the harbinger of mercy to the poor slave; for when flying from bondage immured in gloomy forests, it would be impossible for them to find their way without such a faithful guide.