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polestar

[pohl-stahr] /ˈpoʊlˌstɑr/
noun
1.
2.
something that serves as a guiding principle.
3.
something that is the center of attention or attraction.
Origin of polestar
1545-1555
1545-55; pole2 + star
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  • The first of these is the bright star α Phœnicis, of which the magnitude is 2·4, or only very slightly fainter than the pole star.

    Astronomical Curiosities J. Ellard Gore
  • At present it happens to lie near the pole star, but it will not always remain there.

    Great Astronomers R. S. Ball
  • The pole star is five times as far off; and the greater part of the stars are at distances inconceivably more remote.

    Letters on Astronomy Denison Olmsted
  • Because the line joining them points in the direction of the pole star.

    Astronomy of To-day Cecil G. Dolmage
  • In consequence of its unique position, the pole star is of very great service in the study of the constellations.

    Astronomy of To-day Cecil G. Dolmage
  • And on the clear nights the pole star leered as never before.

  • I waited impatiently for the first sight of the moon, the pole star, and other night-time friends of every navigator.

  • Did it go to the sun, or to the moon, or to the pole star, or to this earth?

  • By its position with relation to the pole star, Alec was able to confirm his surmise with a fair degree of accuracy.

  • The 'pole star' swung alongside her after the collision, and very soon afterwards sank in an almost parallel position.

    The Invasion William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for pole star

pole star

noun
1.
a guiding principle, rule, standard, etc

Pole Star

noun
1.
the Pole Star, the star closest to the N celestial pole at any particular time. At present this is Polaris, but it will eventually be replaced by some other star owing to precession of the earth's axis
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