from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A five-pointed star, often held to have magical or mystical significance, formed by five straight lines connecting the vertices of a pentagon and enclosing another pentagon in the completed figure. Also called pentagram.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A pentagram, especially a physical one used for magical or mystical purposes.
- n. A pentagram enclosed within a circle, especially a physical one.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A five-pointed star, also called a pentagram or pentalpha. See illustr. under pentalpha. Sometimes referring to a similar figure, such as the figure composed of two equilateral triangles intersecting so as to form a six-pointed star. It was used in early ornamental art, and also with superstitious import by the astrologers and mystics of the Middle Ages. The six-pointed star is more comonly called a
hexagram, or called Solomon's seal; it resembles the star of David (Magen David)
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Corrupt forms of pantofle.
- n. A mathematical figure used in magical ceremonies, and considered a defense against demons.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a star with 5 points; formed by 5 straight lines between the vertices of a pentagon and enclosing another pentagon
Department of Veterans Affairs has refused to allow a symbol of the Wicca religion -- a five-pointed star within a circle, called a pentacle -- to be inscribed on U.S. military memorials or grave markers.
TODD: Well the spokesman for the Military Pagan Network tells CNN that the pentacle is a symbol of earth, air, fire, water and spirit.
Robert says that the pentacle was the symbol for the goddess, but doesn't mention the four element points.
'A pentacle is a piece of fine linen, folded with five corners, according to the five senses, and suitably inscribed with characters.
(This is also why there's been such a problem getting a Wiccan symbol approved - the pentacle is a universally recognized symbol of Wicca, but there's no official governing body to tell the VA that.)
The process was as follows: -- A black square was drawn in the palm of the boy's hand, or rather a kind of pentacle with an Arabic character inscribed at each angle.
This star is an important symbol of life and power in the Pagan tradition, and is many times confused with the inverted pentacle, a symbol of Satanism.
Water was contaminated from objects falling from the sky, armies of at least 200 million were assembled, the world is simultaneously witnessing the events transpiring, and the Followers of Pan were bearing various forms of the pentacle with Gaia and Pan standing above, and the Euphrates River became barren.
From beneath her skirt protruded a pair of Doc Marten boots, and the pentacle she wore on a thong round her neck was large enough to be seen from twenty paces.
As he ducked under the tape, the girl with the pentacle caught his jacket.