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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.

    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.

  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.

    Blesses his stars, and thinks it luxury.

  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, star-wreathed. Blazing star, Double star, Multiple star, Shooting star, etc. See under Blazing, Double, etc. Nebulous star (Astron.), a small well-defined circular nebula, having a bright nucleus at its center like a star. Star anise (Bot.), any plant of the genus Illicium; -- so called from its star-shaped capsules. Star apple (Bot.), a tropical American tree ( Chrysophyllum Cainito), having a milky juice and oblong leaves with a silky-golden pubescence beneath. It bears an applelike fruit, the carpels of which present a starlike figure when cut across. The name is extended to the whole genus of about sixty species, and the natural order ( Sapotace[ae]) to which it belongs is called the Star-apple family. Star conner, one who cons, or studies, the stars; an astronomer or an astrologer. --Gascoigne. Star coral (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of stony corals belonging to Astr[ae]a, Orbicella, and allied genera, in which the calicles are round or polygonal and contain conspicuous radiating septa. Star cucumber. (Bot.) See under Cucumber. Star flower. (Bot.)

    1. A plant of the genus Ornithogalum; star-of-Bethlehem.

    2. See Starwort (b) .

    3. An American plant of the genus Trientalis ( Trientalis Americana). --Gray. Star fort (Fort.), a fort surrounded on the exterior with projecting angles; -- whence the name. Star gauge (Ordnance), a long rod, with adjustable points projecting radially at its end, for measuring the size of different parts of the bore of a gun. Star grass. (Bot.)

      1. A small grasslike plant ( Hypoxis erecta) having star-shaped yellow flowers.

      2. The colicroot. See Colicroot.

        Star hyacinth (Bot.), a bulbous plant of the genus Scilla ( S. autumnalis); -- called also star-headed hyacinth.

        Star jelly (Bot.), any one of several gelatinous plants ( Nostoc commune, N. edule, etc.). See Nostoc.

        Star lizard. (Zo["o]l.) Same as Stellion.

        Star-of-Bethlehem (Bot.), a bulbous liliaceous plant ( Ornithogalum umbellatum) having a small white starlike flower.

        Star-of-the-earth (Bot.), a plant of the genus P ( Plantago coronopus), growing upon the seashore.

        Star polygon (Geom.), a polygon whose sides cut each other so as to form a star-shaped figure.

        Stars and Stripes, a popular name for the flag of the United States, which consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, alternately red and white, and a union having, in a blue field, white stars to represent the several States, one for each.

        With the old flag, the true American flag, the Eagle, and the Stars and Stripes, waving over the chamber in which we sit.
        --D. Webster.

        Star showers. See Shooting star, under Shooting.

        Star thistle (Bot.), an annual composite plant ( Centaurea solstitialis) having the involucre armed with stout radiating spines.

        Star wheel (Mach.), a star-shaped disk, used as a kind of ratchet wheel, in repeating watches and the feed motions of some machines.

        Star worm (Zo["o]l.), a gephyrean.

        Temporary star (Astron.), a star which appears suddenly, shines for a period, and then nearly or quite disappears. These stars were supposed by some astronomers to be variable stars of long and undetermined periods. More recently, variations star in start intensity are classified more specifically, and this term is now obsolescent. See also nova. [Obsolescent]

        Variable star (Astron.), a star whose brilliancy varies periodically, generally with regularity, but sometimes irregularly; -- called periodical star when its changes occur at fixed periods.

        Water star grass (Bot.), an aquatic plant ( Schollera graminea) with small yellow starlike blossoms.


n. (plural of planet English)

Planets (Adema album)

Planets is Adema's third album. This was the band's first and only album with Luke Carracioli, who left the band on October 25, 2005, citing "personal differences". The album was released by Earache Records on April 5, 2005. It obtained a peak position of 152 on the Billboard 200 before falling off. The album featured three singles: "Tornado", "Shoot the Arrows", and the self-titled track "Planets"; the single "Planets" was featured in the movie Cry Wolf. Planets is the first Adema album not to feature the Explicit Content sticker on its case, despite the fact that "Bad Triangle" contains profanity.

Planets (EP)

Planets is an EP by Australian pop punk band Short Stack, released on 24 September 2010. To coincide with the release of Planets, Short Stack performed the song live at Federation Square in Melbourne. The event was televised live on Sunrise. The single, "Planets", debuted at #4 on the ARIA Charts. The EP is a pre-release to their second album This Is Bat Country. The three bonus songs which come on the Planets EP are not included on the album. These three bonus songs are: "I Will, I Will, I Will", "Electric Romantics", and "In My Hands".

"Planets" was certified Platinum due to the number of copies sold.

Planets (Eloy album)

Planets is the tenth album by Eloy, released in 1981. This is the last album for drummer and percussionist Jim McGillivray.

Usage examples of "planets".

Since exploration of the Galaxy has been completed and all useful planets colonized and equipped with matter-transmitters, spaceships are no longer in use.

Burt and the Prime Board should send word ahead of us by matter-transmitter, to these six planets and all the other inhabited planets within fifty or a hundred light-years, it would be awkward for us.

Alpha planets to set up detectors and remount the projectors which could kill us.

Other planets were despotisms or oligarchies and many were kingdoms, these days.

Every possible form of government was represented in the three hundred million inhabited planets in the First Galaxy.

But when we were slaves on the planets we came from we were held enslaved by a circuit that could torture us or paralyze us at the will of our rulers.

A lot of them will settle on the twenty planets where the proportion is reversed.

Do you suppose that any woman will want her husband to stay on one of those twenty-one planets for years to come?

The oligarchs and tyrants and despots and politicians who ruled their planets by the threat of the Disciplinary Circuit found this new state of affairs deplorable.

A sun without planets is a rarity so strange that it is almost impossible.

Fortieth has tried to seize all of them, or do you think he arranged a cooperative steal with the rulers of other planets, and an arrangement for them all to help protect each other?

It will be profitable business, and my friend who wanted to bargain for some planets in the Second Galaxy will make a pretty penny of the beginning, and it will carry on of itself.

He had arranged for the same effect to be produced, in time to come, upon every one of the three hundred million inhabited planets of the First Galaxy.

Even five hundred years ago the governments of all the planets were quite tight corporations.

I suppose we criminals will have to set up a factory and make them, and then visit all the three hundred million inhabited planets, one by one, and drop one little contrivance on every one.