The black, starless sky creeps over the muddled sunset that stains the waves purple before melting away.
Frederick saw the dead hero tossing about in the great black waters under a starless heaven.
We passed the night on the field of battle,—a night dark and starless.
I am sure it would be the Lament: it is touched with the sorrow of the starless night on a rain-drummed, wailing sea.
Thus on that starless night the Shallows were peopled by uneasy souls.
Up against the unbroken blackness of the starless sky their huge forms towered.
The August night outside was hot too and sultry and starless.
She leaned out of a gable window, courting the moist chill of the starless night.
The night was misty and starless and the tide on a strong ebb.
Its giant brooms and mops seem to reach the starry rafters and starless corners of the cosmos; it is a cosmic spring cleaning.
Old English steorra, from Proto-Germanic *sterron, *sternon (cf. Old Saxon sterro, Old Norse stjarna, Old Frisian stera, Dutch ster, Old High German sterro, German Stern, Gothic stairno), from PIE *ster- (cf. Sanskrit star-, Hittite shittar, Greek aster, astron, Latin stella, Breton sterenn, Welsh seren "star").
Astrological sense of "influence of planets and zodiac on human affairs" is recorded from mid-13c.; star-crossed is from "Romeo and Juliet" (1592). Stars as a ranking of quality for hotels, restaurants, etc. are attested from 1886, originally in Baedecker guides. Brass star as a police badge is recorded from 1859 (New York City).
1824, "perform the lead part" (said of actors, singers, etc.), from star (n.). Sporting sense is from 1916. Related: Starred; starring.
Note: Our own sun is a medium-sized star.
Note: Each star has a definite lifetime and dies when it uses up its supply of fuel. (See black hole, neutron star, supernova, and white dwarf.)
Note: All chemical elements heavier than helium are created in the center of stars and are returned to space when the star dies.
Note: New stars are forming constantly.