Hypertext Webster Gateway: "star"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Star \Star\ (st[aum]r), n. [OE. sterre, AS. steorra; akin to
OFries. stera, OS. sterro, D. ster, OHG. sterno, sterro, G.
stern, Icel. stjarna, Sw. stjerna, Dan. stierne, Goth.
sta['i]rn[=o], Armor. & Corn. steren, L. stella, Gr. 'asth`r,
'a`stron, Skr. star; perhaps from a root meaning, to scatter,
Skr. st[.r], L. sternere (cf. {Stratum}), and originally
applied to the stars as being strewn over the sky, or as
being scatterers or spreaders of light. [root]296. Cf.
{Aster}, {Asteroid}, {Constellation}, {Disaster}, {Stellar}.]
1. One of the innumerable luminous bodies seen in the
heavens; any heavenly body other than the sun, moon,
comets, and nebul[ae].

His eyen twinkled in his head aright, As do the
stars in the frosty night. --Chaucer.

Note: The stars are distinguished as {planets}, and {fixed
stars}. See {Planet}, {Fixed stars} under {Fixed}, and
{Magnitude of a star} under {Magnitude}.

2. The polestar; the north star. --Shak.

3. (Astrol.) A planet supposed to influence one's destiny;
(usually pl.) a configuration of the planets, supposed to
influence fortune.

O malignant and ill-brooding stars. --Shak.

Blesses his stars, and thinks it luxury. --Addison.

4. That which resembles the figure of a star, as an ornament
worn on the breast to indicate rank or honor.

On whom . . . Lavish Honor showered all her stars.

5. Specifically, a radiated mark in writing or printing; an
asterisk [thus, *]; -- used as a reference to a note, or
to fill a blank where something is omitted, etc.

6. (Pyrotechny) A composition of combustible matter used in
the heading of rockets, in mines, etc., which, exploding
in the air, presents a starlike appearance.

7. A person of brilliant and attractive qualities, especially
on public occasions, as a distinguished orator, a leading
theatrical performer, etc.

Note: Star is used in the formation of compound words
generally of obvious signification: as, star-aspiring,
star-bespangled, star-bestudded, star-blasting,
star-bright, star-crowned, star-directed, star-eyed,
star-headed, star-paved, star-roofed; star-sprinkled,

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Star \Star\, v. i.
To be bright, or attract attention, as a star; to shine like
a star; to be brilliant or prominent; to play a part as a
theatrical star.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Star \Star\ (st[aum]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Starred}
(st[aum]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Starring}.]
To set or adorn with stars, or bright, radiating bodies; to
bespangle; as, a robe starred with gems. ``A sable curtain
starred with gold.'' --Young.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : indicating the most important performer or role; "the
leading man"; "prima ballerina"; "prima donna"; "a star
figure skater"; "the starring role"; "a stellar role";
"a stellar performance" [syn: {leading(p)}, {prima(p)},
{star(p)}, {starring(p)}, {stellar(a)}]
n 1: (astronomy) a celestial body of hot gases that radiates
energy derived from thermonuclear reactions in the
2: someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field [syn: {ace},
{adept}, {sensation}, {maven}, {virtuoso}, {genius}, {hotshot},
{whiz}, {whizz}, {wizard}, {wiz}]
3: any celestial body visible (as a point of light) from the
Earth at night
4: a plane figure with 5 or more points; often used as an
5: an actor who plays a principal role [syn: {principal}, {lead}]
6: a performer who receives prominent billing [syn: {headliner}]
7: a star-shaped character * used in printing [syn: {asterisk}]
v 1: feature as the star; of artistic performances
2: be the star in a performance
3: mark with an asterisk; "Linguists star unacceptable
sentences" [syn: {asterisk}]

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