Definitions

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

  • noun A star located at the end of the handle of the Little Dipper, in the constellation Ursa Minor, approximately 408 light years from Earth, and almost at the north celestial pole.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The pole-star.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Astron.) The polestar. See North star, under north.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun astronomy The pole star, a trinary star in the constellation Ursa Minor that currently lies close to the north celestial pole; Alpha (α) Ursae Minoris
  • proper noun A type of U.S. ballistic missile, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and designed to be launched from a submarine.

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

  • noun 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

Etymologies

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

[New Latin (Stēlla) Polāris, polar (star), from Latin polus, pole; see pole.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin Stella polaris, "pole star"

Examples

  • Then swelling into a roar, there was one word chanted over and over -- "_Polaris -- Polaris -- Polaris_ ...."

    Stand by for Mars!

  • Polaris also enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris® apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.

    Automotive Headlines

  • Polaris also enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris® apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.

    undefined

  • Polaris also enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris® apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.

    undefined

  • He said relying on the submarine-launched nuclear missiles just then coming into production under the name Polaris could remove the U.S. landmass as an inevitable first strike target and virtually make a first strike incapable of degrading our retaliatory deterrent capacity.

    How the End Begins

  • He said relying on the submarine-launched nuclear missiles just then coming into production under the name Polaris could remove the U.S. landmass as an inevitable first strike target and virtually make a first strike incapable of degrading our retaliatory deterrent capacity.

    How the End Begins

  • And Polaris is all about conversation, so why not use its brilliant conflict and negotiation system?

    Where is the almost? « Games, gaming, gamers.

  • East West Bancorp Inc. and Kansas City Southern, and added to positions in Polaris Industries Inc. and Cabela's Inc.Mr. Mulholland still holds all of them and says he typically holds onto shares for three to five years.

    Growth Funds Star

  • At the front door she called Polaris, who accompanied her to the office.

    Cry Mercy Cry Love

  • In 2008, Czerneda was awarded the Science in Society Award (Youth) for Polaris from the Science Writers Ass'n of Canada.

    MIND MELD: Who are Your Literary Influences in the Ongoing Conversation of Science Fiction?

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.