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- noun A star or nebula that appears to remain in constant position relative to other celestial bodies, in contrast with celestial bodies such as the planets in our solar system, whose changes in position relative to the stars are readily observable by telescope or the unaided eye. All stars except the sun are considered fixed stars.
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- noun astronomy Any star that is so
distantthat its movement, relative to others, is not perceptible; in practice, any star except the sun
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- noun any star in the Ptolemaic theory of planetary motion
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From earlier fixed star ("comet, meteor"), alteration of faxed star. Change in meaning influenced by fixed ("stationary, remaining in place").
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