Definitions

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

  • n. See Polaris.
  • n. A guiding principle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative form of pole star.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Polaris, or the north star. See North star, under north.
  • n. A guide or director.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The star Polaris, of the second magnitude, situated near the north pole of the heavens.
  • n. Hence, that which serves as a guide or director; a lodestar.
  • n. In biology, a polar star; one of the two stellate figures which may be borne upon the poles of the fusiform nucleus-spindle in the process of karyokinesis.

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

  • 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
  • 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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Examples

  • True though it is that Roy Cohn was an unsavory piece of work, what do we learn about him from being told by Louis that he is "a polestar of human evil … the worst human being who ever lived"?

    Seven Ways of Looking at 'Angels'

  • In ancient Vedic wisdom, the polestar is literally Dhruva—a prince who, at age seven, sought out God.

    The 7

  • Hinduism, Taoism, Chinese popular religion, Siberian shamanism, and other spiritual traditions speak of a polestar.

    The 7

  • That Reagan has in recent years become the undisputed polestar of the American Right is itself curious.

    Daniel Cluchey: Searching for Ronald Reagan

  • We were girls who also unconsciously set our gauge of a man's character to that impossibly perfect polestar, Atticus Finch.

    Stories of Fathers and Daughters

  • The polestar consideration, as Justice Lamar pointed out, is the best interest of thechild.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Sex Discrimination in Child Naming Law

  • If, as this Court has held for generations, the “polestar” consideration in matters dealing with children is the best interest of the child, then I must begin this dissent by asking the question: Was the name change ordered by the chancellor in the best interest of the child, Presley Annsleigh Rice?

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Sex Discrimination in Child Naming Law

  • Respect for Mexico, its customs and its laws and a solid reality check for would-be expatriates are the polestar themes ...

    The real Don Adams is still Alive

  • Respect for Mexico, its customs and its laws and a solid reality check for would-be expatriates are the polestar themes in this book.

    Head For Mexico: The Renegade Guide

  • To the north, the Great and Little Dippers swung in their eternal march around the polestar, while against the zenith was set the mighty constellation of Orion, with the orange glory of Betelgeuse, giant of the heavens, flashing from his right shoulder.

    "Cosmic Fever" by Amelia Reynolds Long, part 2

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