|1.||any of a vast number of celestial objects that are visible in the clear night sky as points of light|
|2.||a. Hertzsprung-Russell diagram giant star white dwarf neutron star See also black hole a hot gaseous mass, such as the sun, that radiates energy, esp as light and infrared radiation, usually derived from thermonuclear reactions in the interior, and in some cases as ultraviolet, radio waves, and X-rays. The surface temperature can range from about 2100 to 40 000°C|
|b. (as modifier): a star catalogue Related: astral, sidereal, stellar|
|a. a celestial body, esp a planet, supposed to influence events, personalities, etc|
|b. (plural) another name for horoscope|
|4.||an emblem shaped like a conventionalized star, usually with five or more points, often used as a symbol of rank, an award, etc|
|5.||a small white blaze on the forehead of an animal, esp a horse|
|6.||Also called: star facet any of the eight triangular facets cut in the crown of a brilliant|
|7.||a. a distinguished or glamorous celebrity, often from the entertainment world|
|b. (as modifier): star quality|
|8.||another word for asterisk|
|9.||(often capital) a type of keelboat, designed to be crewed by two people|
|10.||prison slang a convict serving his first prison sentence|
|11.||see stars to see or seem to see bright moving pinpoints of light, as from a blow on the head, increased blood pressure, etc|
|—vb , stars, starring, starred|
|12.||(tr) to mark or decorate with a star or stars|
|13.||to feature or be featured as a star: ``Greed'' starred Erich von Stroheim; Olivier starred in ``Hamlet''|
|Related: astral, sidereal, stellar|
|[Old English steorra; related to Old Frisian stēra, Old Norse stjarna, German Stern, Latin stella]|
|star (stär) Pronunciation Key
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.