Big Dipper

Big Dipper

noun Astronomy.
the group of seven bright stars in Ursa Major resembling a dipper in outline.
Also called Dipper.


Origin:
1865–70

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big dipper
 
n
Also called: roller coaster (in amusement parks) a narrow railway with open carriages that run swiftly over a route of sharp curves and steep inclines

Big Dipper
 
n
the US and Canadian name for Plough

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Big Dipper
Amer.Eng. name for the seven-star asterism (known in England as Charles's Wain, q.v.) in the constellation Ursa Major, first attested 1849, but certainly older than that. It is always and entirely visible everywhere north of latitude 41N.
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Big Dipper  
An asterism composed of seven stars in the constellation Ursa Major. Four stars form the bowl and three form the handle in the outline of a dipper.
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Big Dipper definition


A constellation in the northern sky. The two stars on the far end of the bowl of the dipper point toward the North Star. The Big Dipper is part of the constellation Ursa Major (the Great Bear).

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